Below is an example of a MDF cabinet with an oak paper print. YES... they can be painted!
Here is the before and after. They turned out awesome!
MDF Doors Before After
A look at the sanding needed and what the wood looked like under the paper. These have a plastic paper like finish over the MDF that we scuffed and sanded into the wood.
MDF cabinets are commonly used in mobile homes and a lot of new construction. PAINTING Guys will restored them for you.