Beautiful bones + ugly finish? Chalk paint!
Many, many thanks to In My Own Style for making chalk paint accessible to me! Diane Henkler gives you three different recipes so you can mix it up depending on what you have around. I appreciate also that she gives her take on which ones work best. I keep it simple (the calcium carbonate+water version) because I just never seem to have the other stuff on hand and it has worked great so far on a couple of chairs, shelving and a fake electric fireplace in the basement.
If you haven’t used chalk paint before, its big draw for me is that you can paint with it even on glossy surfaces without having to strip off the sheen (but I think a light sanding is still a good idea). It has other benefits including a lovely flat finish, that you can write on it in chalk, and how nicely it takes wax.
If you don’t want to mix your own, premade ones from Annie Sloan and CeCe Caldwell get the best reviews. For me right now, being able to inexpensively mix and test my own makes all kinds of things possible. Thanks Diane and all the other bloggers who have showcased their chalk paint projects.