Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets


All of the aspects to give a corner banquette a new glance with paint, as well as how to put in an air vent redirect beneath a cupboard.


Right after months of looking for a secondhand corner banquette on Fb Marketplace, driving just about 4 hours spherical-journey to choose it up, shifting a doorway, putting in LVP flooring, redirecting an air vent, and painting for days, 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 right after the electrician remaining from putting in these sconce containers and relocating for the linear chandelier, so forgive the dust. 😉

I’m nevertheless ready on reupholstered cushions, but even “naked” this banquette previously has us envisioning so several fun family dinners gathered around the desk with several far more cherished types squeezed into this tiny room!

corner banquette before with old fabric on cushions

How to Redirect Air Vents Beneath Cabinets

A person very little obstacle we had to deal with ahead of earning the shabby corner banquette search chic was rerouting the air vent on the floor that was positioned correct beneath the less than seat the cabinets.

(There always has to be at minimum just one obstacle or it would not be a house enhancement venture, would it? Murphy’s Regulation each and every time.)

If you’re ever developing designed-in shelves, cupboards, a window seat, or a corner banquette like ours, you unquestionably just cannot include and disregard any vents the air flow ought to be redirected to continue to keep the room effectively 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 Put in an Air Vent Redirect

We utilized this air vent redirecting package named a Toe Ductor (it works for wall registers and baseboard registers as well).

The package makes it possible for you to push the air circulation beneath your developed-in household furniture. (Not sponsored… just a amazing issue we’ve discovered and used for DIYs around the a long time.) Make absolutely sure you make it possible for at minimum 4 inches of area underneath your cupboard or created-in.

We did the same underneath the crafted-in cabinets and window seat for our neighbors’ rec space makeover very last 12 months. In hindsight, I would paint that vent grate to mix it.

redirected air vent underneath a built-in window seat


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

Move 1 – Connect Box to Floor Vent

Deal with the flooring vent to start with 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

Stage 2 – Measure and Minimize for the Toe Kick Cover

Determine in which you want to place the new air vent on your developed-in, measure, and mark. Utilizing the oscillating resource, 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

Step 3 – Connect the New Vent

On the bottom of the rectangular gap you just minimize, connect the new vent with screws to the toe kick.

toe ductor air vent redirect underneath a built-in banquette

Step 4 – Attach Adaptable Duct

Use the offered metal strip to connect the versatile duct to the back of the vent. (Our metal strip set up a bit of a combat, so we reinforced it with duct tape.)

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

Stage 5 – Connect Flex Duct to Box and Placement Cupboard/Built-In on Top

Stretch out the adaptable duct beneath the corner banquette developed-in, and attach it to the box on the flooring with the kit’s steel stripping. We reinforced ours yet again with duct tape so no air escapes.

Position the cabinet or created=in on top rated of the box and anchor to the wall as you’d like. You can attach the toe kick grate to the front after painting.

sanding a laminate corner banquette with an orbital sander

Phase 6 – Prep and Paint

I went through my typical cabinet portray course of action considering that this corner banquette is very significantly like a piece of cabinetry.

  • Sand with an orbital sander utilizing medium/great grit
  • Vacuum and tack fabric absent dust
  • Apply liquid sander deglosser
  • Primary with shellac based primer
  • Paint with enamel satin
painting built in cabinets with Benjamin Moore Southern Vines

Verify out that deep, desaturated olive eco-friendly! It blends beautifully with our extra lively hunter green kitchen cabinets whilst nonetheless sensation like a neutral. Appreciate! The color is Benjamin Moore Southern Vines.

We anchored the new-to-us corner banquette to the wall although we were being at it so the kids can get rough 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 can not hold out to see some quite striped cushions on this bench before long, but it seems to be so great previously!

This linear chandelier is fantastic for the slim rectangular eating table that will go listed here soon. Since this space is windowless, and this corner feels so dark, we added sconce packing containers to give it some more aid.

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

I program to go again and paint the vent address the exact same Benjamin Moore Southern Vines to mix 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 starting off to see the eyesight acquire form in this minimal dining nook? Are we feelin’ the bench seating circumstance? We have an affordable wall cure prepared future to include some further dimension that I cannot wait around to show you!

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