Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets


All of the information to give a corner banquette a new appear with paint, moreover how to install an air vent redirect underneath a cupboard.

Last but not least!

Immediately after months of looking for a secondhand corner banquette on Fb Marketplace, driving approximately 4 hrs round-journey to decide it up, moving a doorway, setting up LVP flooring, redirecting an air vent, and painting for times, we have the slight makings of breakfast nook!

breakfast nook room with olive green corner banquette, black door, white walls, and herringbone LVP floors

I managed to shoot the banquette’s new digs proper following the electrician still left from putting in individuals sconce containers and relocating for the linear chandelier, so forgive the dust. 😉

I’m nevertheless waiting on reupholstered cushions, but even “naked” this banquette by now has us envisioning so many fun family members dinners gathered all over the table with lots of extra beloved kinds squeezed into this minimal area!

corner banquette before with old fabric on cushions

How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets

1 minor obstacle we had to tackle just before earning the shabby corner banquette glance stylish was rerouting the air vent on the floor that was positioned ideal beneath the less than seat the cabinets.

(There usually has to be at least 1 obstacle or it would not be a residence advancement task, would it? Murphy’s Regulation each and every time.)

If you are at any time developing built-in shelves, cabinets, a window seat, or a corner banquette like ours, you totally just can’t address and overlook any vents the air circulation ought to be redirected to hold the area properly heating and cooling.

corner of breakfast nook with chandelier, white walls, and herringbone floor with a floor vent
floor vent against a wall on herringbone flooring

How to Set up an Air Vent Redirect

We made use of this air vent redirecting package identified as a Toe Ductor (it performs for wall registers and baseboard registers way too).

The kit permits you to push the air circulation beneath your built-in home furniture. (Not sponsored… just a neat point we have identified and used for DIYs over the yrs.) Make sure you make it possible for at minimum 4 inches of area beneath your cupboard or built-in.

We did the same beneath the designed-in cabinets and window seat for our neighbors’ rec area makeover final calendar year. In hindsight, I would paint that vent grate to blend it.

redirected air vent underneath a built-in window seat


  • Toe Ductor Kit (wall vent package here or baseboard vent kit here)
  • Drill
  • 1/2″ wood screws
  • Oscillating instrument
  • Duct tape
attaching a Toe Ductor box for an air vent redirect under built-in

Step 1 – Connect Box to Flooring Vent

Address the floor vent initially with the Toe Ductor box and screw into location.

cutting a hole with an oscillating tool for an air vent redirect under a built in banquette

Step 2 – Measure and Slash for the Toe Kick Protect

Make your mind up where by you want to location the new air vent on your developed-in, evaluate, and mark. Utilizing the oscillating instrument, lower out a rectangular part.

hole cut for an air vent redirect under a banquette bench
metal vent to attach underneath a banquette built in

Move 3 – Connect the New Vent

On the backside of the rectangular hole you just lower, attach the new vent with screws to the toe kick.

toe ductor air vent redirect underneath a built-in banquette

Phase 4 – Attach Flexible Duct

Use the delivered metal strip to attach the versatile duct to the back of the vent. (Our metallic strip set up a little bit of a combat, so we bolstered it with duct tape.)

air vent redirect using a Toe Ductor kit underneath a builtin bench

Step 5 – Attach Flex Duct to Box and Position Cupboard/Built-In on Prime

Stretch out the adaptable duct beneath the corner banquette designed-in, and connect it to the box on the floor with the kit’s metallic stripping. We bolstered ours all over again with duct tape so no air escapes.

Place the cupboard or designed=in on major of the box and anchor to the wall as you’d like. You can connect the toe kick grate to the front following portray.

sanding a laminate corner banquette with an orbital sander

Phase 6 – Prep and Paint

I went by way of my regular cabinet portray course of action considering that this corner banquette is really much like a piece of cabinetry.

  • Sand with an orbital sander making use of medium/fantastic grit
  • Vacuum and tack fabric absent dust
  • Utilize liquid sander deglosser
  • Prime with shellac primarily based primer
  • Paint with enamel satin
painting built in cabinets with Benjamin Moore Southern Vines

Check out out that deep, desaturated olive green! It blends properly with our additional lively hunter eco-friendly kitchen cabinets even though nonetheless experience like a neutral. Like! The color is Benjamin Moore Southern Vines.

We anchored the new-to-us corner banquette to the wall while we had been at it so the young children can get tough and rowdy on this bench all they want.

painting corner banquette with Benjamin Moore Southern Vines
corner banquette painted with Benjamin Moore Southern Vines built in to wall

The Painted Corner Banquette

I are not able to wait around to see some quite striped cushions on this bench quickly, but it looks so excellent by now!

This linear chandelier is excellent for the narrow rectangular eating desk that will go below quickly. Simply because this area is windowless, and this corner feels so dark, we added sconce boxes to give it some further help.

corner banquette in a breakfast nook with linear chandelier and herringbone floor

I prepare to go back again and paint the vent protect the very same Benjamin Moore Southern Vines to blend with the relaxation of the corner banquette so it will nearly vanish.

corner banquette in a breakfast nook with linear chandelier, herringbone floor, and French door

Are you setting up to see the eyesight choose form in this small dining nook? Are we feelin’ the bench seating problem? We have an cheap wall treatment prepared future to insert some more dimension that I just cannot wait to present you!

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