Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets


All of the details to give a corner banquette a new glance with paint, in addition how to put in an air vent redirect below a cupboard.

At last!

Immediately after months of hunting for a secondhand corner banquette on Facebook Market, driving practically 4 hrs round-vacation to select it up, going a doorway, installing LVP flooring, redirecting an air vent, and portray 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 ideal soon after the electrician still left from putting in people sconce boxes and relocating for the linear chandelier, so forgive the dust. 😉

I’m continue to waiting around on reupholstered cushions, but even “naked” this banquette previously has us envisioning so several pleasurable household dinners gathered all-around the desk with several additional beloved ones squeezed into this minor room!

corner banquette before with old fabric on cushions

How to Redirect Air Vents Below Cupboards

A person very little obstacle we experienced to deal with before building the shabby corner banquette appear stylish was rerouting the air vent on the ground that was positioned suitable beneath the underneath seat the cupboards.

(There constantly has to be at the very least one impediment or it wouldn’t be a dwelling advancement task, would it? Murphy’s Law each and every time.)

If you are at any time developing designed-in cabinets, cupboards, a window seat, or a corner banquette like ours, you totally just cannot go over and dismiss any vents the air movement must be redirected to preserve the space adequately 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 Install an Air Vent Redirect

We utilised this air vent redirecting package known as a Toe Ductor (it will work for wall registers and baseboard registers as well).

The kit enables you to force the air flow beneath your developed-in home furnishings. (Not sponsored… just a neat point we have learned and utilised for DIYs above the several years.) Make certain you allow for at minimum 4 inches of place beneath your cabinet or constructed-in.

We did the very same underneath the developed-in cabinets and window seat for our neighbors’ rec place makeover past calendar year. In hindsight, I would paint that vent grate to mix it.

redirected air vent underneath a built-in window seat


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

Step 1 – Attach Box to Floor Vent

Deal with the flooring vent to start with with the Toe Ductor box and screw into place.

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

Move 2 – Evaluate and Slice for the Toe Kick Cover

Decide where by you want to area the new air vent on your created-in, measure, and mark. Employing the oscillating resource, slash out a rectangular area.

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

Action 3 – Attach the New Vent

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

toe ductor air vent redirect underneath a built-in banquette

Step 4 – Attach Versatile Duct

Use the provided steel strip to connect the adaptable duct to the back again of the vent. (Our metal strip put up a bit of a fight, so we reinforced it with duct tape.)

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

Move 5 – Attach Flex Duct to Box and Situation Cupboard/Constructed-In on Top rated

Stretch out the adaptable duct underneath the corner banquette crafted-in, and attach it to the box on the flooring with the kit’s metallic stripping. We reinforced ours all over again with duct tape so no air escapes.

Location the cupboard or crafted=in on best of the box and anchor to the wall as you’d like. You can connect the toe kick grate to the front right after painting.

sanding a laminate corner banquette with an orbital sander

Step 6 – Prep and Paint

I went through my normal cupboard portray process considering that this corner banquette is quite a lot like a piece of cabinetry.

  • Sand with an orbital sander working with medium/fine grit
  • Vacuum and tack cloth absent dust
  • Use liquid sander deglosser
  • Prime with shellac dependent primer
  • Paint with enamel satin
painting built in cabinets with Benjamin Moore Southern Vines

Test out that deep, desaturated olive eco-friendly! It blends perfectly with our far more vibrant hunter environmentally friendly kitchen area cupboards although however feeling like a neutral. Adore! The colour is Benjamin Moore Southern Vines.

We anchored the new-to-us corner banquette to the wall while we were being at it so the little ones 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 really striped cushions on this bench quickly, but it appears so good now!

This linear chandelier is great for the slender rectangular eating table that will go here quickly. Simply because this room is windowless, and this corner feels so dark, we additional sconce boxes to give it some further assistance.

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

I approach to go again and paint the vent go over the similar Benjamin Moore Southern Vines to mix with the relaxation of the corner banquette so it will just about vanish.

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

Are you setting up to see the vision take form in this tiny dining nook? Are we feelin’ the bench seating situation? We have an reasonably priced wall remedy planned upcoming to add some added dimension that I cannot hold out to exhibit you!

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