If it was me I'd use a chemical paint stripper and paint it. It isn't a big deal to set up a little make-shift paint booth in the garage using the painters plastic and a small space heater to keep the area warm. I have done it numerous times during the winter without a problem.
My reasoning is, if I don't do it in the beginning, I will just keep putting it off until I have to do it. To this day, I still have not put on the side shelves on my UDS that I built over the summer. I just keep using one of the patio chairs as my make-shift side table.