Is there a way to paint a laminate countertop, rather than replace it, to save money? Could you use something like concrete paint and lacquer it to seal?
If you painted it, you would have to find a type of paint that was non-toxic. I'm no painting expert, but IMO replacing the C/T is the safest option. The paint would not stand up to everyday use, such as wiping and chopping on a cutting board.