Why not prime it and use on of the anne sloan chaulk paints to give it a unique distressed or aged look? THere are tons of posts online here at hometalk to help you with getting the product
If you use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ there is no need to prime...just open the can and PAINT! www.anniesloanunfolded.com
Maybe you could go with the white and glaze over it for an aged look?
Or a off white with a crackle finish.