I've done light tip pruning in the past to promote new growth and/or to keep shrubs on the small and bushy side, but cutting into older wood—wood with no leaves—has always scared me. What if I make the plant even uglier? On the flip side, when the plant is ugly enough that I'm considering getting rid of it anyway, what is there to loose?
The first example I have to share, my Daphne x houtteana, wasn't quite that level of ugly—yet. However our late winter snow and ice did a number on the early new growth, and broke a few branches too; giving the small shrub and even more awkward look. Here it was deep in snow, you can see those exposed legs too...There was a nice thick coating of ice to top things off, it seems there always is.