Painting vinyl fake wood laminate cabinet sides
We're thinking of trimming out our island with recessed panel treatment and then painting it. The island is this -- the builder used a 48" base cabinet and covered three sides of it with something like chipboard covered with vinyl laminate printed to look like wood. At least the faceframe is real maple. The long side of the chipboard does look a little concave but I hope the extra wood on it will take care of this (we'll have either two or three recessed panels on the 48" side.)
I know we could replace the three sides with plywood and real wood veneer, but the carpenter says if we do that we're getting close to the price of just building a new island.
Should we try to make this sow's ear into a silk purse? And if so, what kind of primer should we use on the vinyl stuff? I don't want to spend the several hundred dollars on the carpentry and then have it look like painted vinyl.