Jodie, I've seen a product by Rustoleum (I think it runs in the low $200's) that is a countertop resurfacing treatment. You might want to google it. I know some bloggers have tried it so perhaps you can find their transformations and pepper them with questions ...
Hi Jodie, here is a similar question about Formica with some great info: http://www.hometalk.com/45164/has-anyone-used-the-new-products-to-resurface-an-existing-laminate-formica-kitchen
Also, here are two examples on Hometalk:
Thanks Linda B and Miriam I...