How to lighten table top if it is possibly sealed
I bought a Craigs List coffee table from someone who said he paints and stains furniture for a living. He said the table was painted and to my eyes it looks like it was painted to look like stain. I want to lighten it up from its dark blackish color to a softer, lighter brownish color but I don't know if it is poly'd & he has not returned my phone request for info. Can I use gel stain or is there some technique that is not difficult to get a color that would be more cherry colored?
If it is polyurethaned, it could be a water or oil based so I have to take that into consideration.