That blonde finish from the 50s and 60s was a paint process, so the wood underneath isn't likely to be a premium product. I would try sanding the old paint off first. If that didn't work, then go with a non toxic stripper. You don't need bare wood, just smooth, to paint. I prefer a brush to spray. How fun to be able to choose a color. White doesn't do it for me unless you add flowers or a quilt pattern like Charlee has done. Shiny black is always an option or there are the faux finishes. Red sponged over black is lovely. I have cream wood grain over aqua in my bedroom. The possibilities are endless.