"Painting particle board furniture. Make sure you invest in the right primer. This is absolutely key. You absolutely must prime your laminate surface with a primer designed to adhere to glossy surfaces. No ordinary primer will do." She recommends Oil Based Zinsser.
How To Paint Particleboard / Laminate Furniture This oil based primer is key! After all the priming was done I applied one coat of Olympic's Zero-voc, white, latex paint in semigloss. After the paint was fully cured I applied two coats of Varathane Floor Finish