Several years ago when I decided that I wanted to learn how to work with laminate, a friend of mine gave me some very good advice. Start small and simple.
I decided that I would start with a new countertop for my garage workbench. I was very basic with just a few cuts and angles. After all if I made a mistake, it was only going to be in the garage. Since that went well I decided to move on to my next project.
I decided to put a new finish on my stereo speakers. We had recently redecorated the family room, and the speakers just looked out of place. It was an easy weekend project that gave the old speakers a new look that blended much better with our décor. I also decided that I would make speaker stands to match, raising the speakers off the floor for better sound quality.
It just goes to show you that with a little laminate and a few tools, you can make just about anything look new again.