I went onto my patio and sanded and sanded and I am here so far:
I will never ever modge podge a good peice of furniture EVER because wow that was horrible to get off. I need a couple more coats of white on the bottom and then I will finish the top!! Just a little mosre sanding to get it smooth then stain wipe repeat and then polyurethane and then DONE. I feel like I am running a marathon on this project. It will be worth it though!