I think everyone that got married in the 90's has one of these light pine laminate TV cabinets. Ours spent 6 years in storage and then didn't match any of our other furniture or fit the newer flat TV that we have now. So I repurposed it and put it in the boys room. To hold legos and the french horn. If you have a giant french horn then the space you put the TV is the PERFECT spot for it! Who knew?
I think parts of it are real wood but a lot of it is laminate. I removed the doors and knobs and then put a coat of Valspar Contractors bonding primer on it. It says on the can that it will even adhere to glossy tile and I've used it for quite a few projects with great success. I didn't sand it AT ALL. No sanding!
After the primer was dry I put on one coat of Valspars Gray teal in satin. Love.
It fit in a little corner of the boys room just perfect! It's been painted in there for like 3 months and not one chip! Which says a lot considering that 3 boys live in this room and there are tons of nerf gun battles and basketball games going on in here.