Hi Kate - Yes, that is just one of the many things to love about the Unfinished Beech product line. These items will come ready to paint or stain. We hope this helps, and we thank you for reaching out to us here at Hampton Bay.
No, this is a toe kick. It goes under the cabinets where the cabinet meets the floor.
Wood glue, liquid nails or I use small nails so it can be removed if necessary.
To cut this item I used a jigsaw with a fine tooth blade.