I got several questions about this piece and painting laminate furniture. So I figured I'd let you in on the secret. **All you need is the right primer**. But first clean your laminate well. I sanded this piece first, because it had some stickiness on it and other flaws.
But if you have a piece with no flaws, just wipe clean and your ready for your primer.
I used an oil based primer that is designed to adhere to glossy surfaces. So you don't have to sand! By the way you will have to clean your brushes with mineral spirits if you use oil based products. So it may be easier to buy a cheap little brush and roller and toss afterward.
This stuff is awesome!
Zinsser Cover Stain.
After you've applied your primer, wait for it to fully dry before you put your first coat of paint on. This is very important, it doesn't take long to dry. You may also want to sand it lightly after the primer is applied to get rid of drip or brush strokes. When all is said and dry, you can do a second coat of primer, but I didn't for this piece.
So go ahead with your first coat of paint allow to dry and do second coat if needed.
And hopefully it will turn out something like this