Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets

Kennith Bogan

All of the particulars to give a corner banquette a new appear with paint, as well as how to install an air vent redirect beneath a cupboard.


Just after months of seeking for a secondhand corner banquette on Fb Marketplace, driving almost 4 several hours spherical-trip to select it up, relocating a door, putting in LVP flooring, redirecting an air vent, and portray 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 ideal immediately after the electrician left from installing 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 now has us envisioning so a lot of fun spouse and children dinners collected all-around the desk with a lot of far more liked ones squeezed into this small house!

corner banquette before with old fabric on cushions

How to Redirect Air Vents Underneath Cabinets

Just one tiny impediment we had to tackle in advance of making the shabby corner banquette search stylish was rerouting the air vent on the floor that was positioned right beneath the under seat the cupboards.

(There always has to be at least one particular obstacle or it wouldn’t be a home advancement project, would it? Murphy’s Legislation every single time.)

If you are at any time making created-in shelves, cabinets, a window seat, or a corner banquette like ours, you totally just can’t go over and ignore any vents the air move will have to be redirected to keep the place correctly 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 used this air vent redirecting package identified as a Toe Ductor (it is effective for wall registers and baseboard registers also).

The kit makes it possible for you to push the air movement beneath your created-in furniture. (Not sponsored… just a neat point we’ve learned and employed for DIYs more than the decades.) Make absolutely sure you allow for at the very least 4 inches of area underneath your cabinet or designed-in.

We did the very same beneath the designed-in cupboards and window seat for our neighbors’ rec space makeover previous 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 kit in this article or baseboard vent package right here)
  • Drill
  • 1/2″ wood screws
  • Oscillating device
  • Duct tape
attaching a Toe Ductor box for an air vent redirect under built-in

Phase 1 – Attach Box to Ground Vent

Include the ground vent initial with the Toe Ductor box and screw into put.

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

Action 2 – Measure and Minimize for the Toe Kick Go over

Come to a decision the place you want to area the new air vent on your crafted-in, measure, and mark. Utilizing the oscillating resource, minimize out a rectangular portion.

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 bottom of the rectangular gap 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 – Connect Flexible Duct

Use the presented metallic strip to connect the flexible duct to the back of the vent. (Our metallic strip place up a bit of a struggle, so we reinforced it with duct tape.)

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

Move 5 – Connect Flex Duct to Box and Position Cupboard/Developed-In on Leading

Extend out the flexible duct beneath the corner banquette constructed-in, and attach it to the box on the flooring with the kit’s steel stripping. We strengthened ours once again with duct tape so no air escapes.

Position the cupboard or built=in on top of the box and anchor to the wall as you’d like. You can connect the toe kick grate to the front just after portray.

sanding a laminate corner banquette with an orbital sander

Move 6 – Prep and Paint

I went through my usual cabinet painting procedure considering that this corner banquette is very much like a piece of cabinetry.

  • Sand with an orbital sander using medium/great grit
  • Vacuum and tack fabric away dust
  • Use liquid sander deglosser
  • Key with shellac based mostly primer
  • Paint with enamel satin
painting built in cabinets with Benjamin Moore Southern Vines

Check out out that deep, desaturated olive eco-friendly! It blends beautifully with our extra vivid hunter inexperienced kitchen area cupboards though continue to experience like a neutral. Adore! The coloration is Benjamin Moore Southern Vines.

We anchored the new-to-us corner banquette to the wall whilst we have been at it so the youngsters 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 are not able to wait around to see some rather striped cushions on this bench shortly, but it appears so superior presently!

This linear chandelier is excellent for the slender rectangular dining table that will go in this article shortly. For the reason that this space is windowless, and this corner feels so darkish, we extra sconce boxes to give it some excess assistance.

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

I strategy to go again and paint the vent address the same Benjamin Moore Southern Vines to mix with the rest of the corner banquette so it will almost vanish.

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

Are you starting off to see the vision consider condition in this minor dining nook? Are we feelin’ the bench seating scenario? We have an cheap wall remedy planned up coming to insert some added dimension that I can not wait to display you!

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