How do you paint over smooth shiny laminate wood overlay?

I have a vanity dresser that I want to paint. The top and drawer faces have a laminate veneer over it. The top of the dresser has a sloping curved edge and the laminate has started to chip in a couple of places. I don't want to damage the laminate so as to cause it to start peeling off around the curved edge. It is a darker bland wood color that is not very appealing, but the overall shape and look to the piece would be darling in a white or light pink with gold accents for my daughters room.

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