Can Formica countertops/desktops be painted?

I have a commercial office desk with a Formica top that I would like to paint. Wondering if it would hold up to everyday wear and tear.

Also, I have stark white kitchen and bathroom countertops that have seen better days. Not enough funds to replace them. Would love to do a DIY makeover with paint. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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