At the time I wondered if the steps I was taking to paint it were going to ensure that it held up over time or not. It's now been two and a half years and it's held up perfectly. I've liked the durability of the laminate top so much that I specifically searched for a similar dresser for Madeline a few months ago.
I thought I'd share the steps I use to achieve a quality finished product.
Can you tell I like french provincial furniture?
Let me start by showing you what can easily happen when working with a slick, hard surface if the correct preparation is not followed: peeling. Geh.
Start by roughing up the laminate with a 60 grit sandpaper. The goal is to create a surface the primer will adhere well to. Don't skimp on the roughing, as this is the most important step to avoid peeling.
Next, apply a liberal coat of oil-based primer - Kilz is my favorite (Zinnser works well too). Sand your primer with a 180-220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the surface for your paint. Then paint like normal.
Here are a few of the things I've refinished this year with a laminate top.