You could use chalk paint and it comes in a variety of colors and is easy to apply and can even be given the farm house look. Here are other ideas and Behr makes a paint with primer already in it so one less step to do.
Chalk paint is the best for that kind of projects! No prep work needed
I used chalk paint for my chairs.
Chalk paint for sure
Hi! Jolie is a great chalk style paint, Annie Sloan is great and Dixie Belle is the most affordable furniture paint. :)
You can also use gel stain!
Thank you everybody so much for your advice much appreciated xx