Typically you can scuff up those surfaces with some sandpaper and paint away. As far as what to use, it depends a little on the look you are going for, etc. I would check with your local Sherwin-Williams store to see what they recommend. I think they are having a big sale this weekend.
Here's a great tutorial on how to paint laminate by SAS Interiors: http://www.hometalk.com/570469/how-to-paint-laminate-furniture