This was a long project but I think it turned out not too bad. A few details. I washed the entire desk with Vineger and water. I did not strip it, at all. Paint is Bluestone House; French Country Vintage.
I covered that with one coat of Diamond Wood Finish (Water Based) Crystal Clear satin. The top was created with 2 x 2's glued together butcher block style. Sanded with Palm sander and a touch of Stain to create some different levels. Three coats of Varathane and two coats of polurethane to make it easy to keep clean.
Just over a month to finish this project, I did not work continuously but a bit every day...some days was more about figuring stuff out or picking stuff up and of course drying time. I meant to keep a log but never did