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Kitchen cabinets, because they are made to line up in a row under your counter, are generally sold without finished sides. Yet at the end of the row there is a finished side. How does that work? Well, they sell the finished side separately, as a piece of luan, birch, or other wood which can be finished (or painted) to match the rest of the cabinetry.

I have bought several at Lowe’s, although they are not on high display you can find them if you look (or ask.) Once you have that it’s simple, just cut to the correct size, finish, tack nail somewhere around the four corners, and you’re done, and you have what appears to be a brand new cabinet side.

The other option, obviously, is to paint the offending part, assuming the rest of the cabinets are painted, of course. Brush painting will never compete with the finish of the rest of the cabinets, but it is possible to mask the area and spray a couple rounds and get a decent finish.

You can brush paint if you’re careful and you’re willing to go 3 or 5 coats and sand carefully in between each going with higher and higher grits as you move along. My Dad had a guy do his bathroom cabinets over and they came out factory fresh. It also took nearly two weeks of painting and sanding, but the guy was a true craftsman,
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