I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White and used Paris Grey diluted with Old White for the stencil design on top and for the drawer. I've found that a dense foam roller works the best for stenciling.
As you can see, the edges got a little gloppy and you can see the line where the stencil overlaps.
To get rid of the glops, I first went over it with a sanding sponge and then with 150 grit sandpaper. I was going for a slightly distressed look so if the sandpaper took off a little more paint in some spots, I was okay with that. Some shapes were misshapen because paint had gotten under the stencil. It was easily fixed by going over the grey with white using a small paintbrush.
I distressed the edges of the entire desk just a tad.
I'm so happy with the way it turned out that I wish I had a spot for it in my house. I didn't realize how attached I was until I sold it. Watching it drive away in the back of someone's car made me a little sad. But I'm sure it will look fabulous in it's new home.