Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets


All of the particulars to give a corner banquette a new glance with paint, in addition how to set up an air vent redirect less than a cupboard.


Following months of exploring for a secondhand corner banquette on Fb Marketplace, driving nearly 4 hrs spherical-excursion to decide it up, moving a doorway, 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 suitable immediately after the electrician remaining from installing individuals sconce bins and relocating for the linear chandelier, so forgive the dust. 😉

I’m nonetheless waiting around on reupholstered cushions, but even “naked” this banquette already has us envisioning so numerous pleasurable loved ones dinners gathered around the desk with several far more cherished ones squeezed into this small room!

corner banquette before with old fabric on cushions

How to Redirect Air Vents Beneath Cabinets

A person little obstacle we had to deal with before earning the shabby corner banquette appear chic was rerouting the air vent on the floor that was positioned appropriate beneath the beneath seat the cupboards.

(There always has to be at minimum one particular obstacle or it would not be a dwelling advancement job, would it? Murphy’s Legislation each and every time.)

If you are ever creating created-in cabinets, cupboards, a window seat, or a corner banquette like ours, you totally cannot go over and dismiss any vents the air flow ought to be redirected to preserve the room 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 made use of this air vent redirecting package known as a Toe Ductor (it works for wall registers and baseboard registers also).

The kit permits you to press the air move beneath your designed-in furnishings. (Not sponsored… just a interesting factor we have found and used for DIYs around the many years.) Make certain you allow at the very least 4 inches of room beneath your cabinet or crafted-in.

We did the similar beneath the built-in cabinets and window seat for our neighbors’ rec space 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 listed here or baseboard vent kit listed here)
  • Drill
  • 1/2″ wooden screws
  • Oscillating software
  • Duct tape
attaching a Toe Ductor box for an air vent redirect under built-in

Move 1 – Attach Box to Ground Vent

Cover the floor vent very first 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

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

Make a decision exactly where you want to place the new air vent on your designed-in, evaluate, and mark. Using 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

Action 3 – Connect the New Vent

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

toe ductor air vent redirect underneath a built-in banquette

Move 4 – Attach Versatile Duct

Use the provided steel strip to attach the adaptable duct to the back of the vent. (Our steel strip place up a bit of a battle, so we reinforced it with duct tape.)

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

Step 5 – Connect Flex Duct to Box and Placement Cupboard/Built-In on Leading

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

Location the cabinet or constructed=in on best of the box and anchor to the wall as you’d like. You can connect the toe kick grate to the entrance following portray.

sanding a laminate corner banquette with an orbital sander

Action 6 – Prep and Paint

I went by way of my usual cabinet portray system since this corner banquette is quite significantly like a piece of cabinetry.

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

Test out that deep, desaturated olive green! It blends correctly with our additional vibrant hunter environmentally friendly kitchen area cabinets while nonetheless emotion like a neutral. Adore! The colour is Benjamin Moore Southern Vines.

We anchored the new-to-us corner banquette to the wall whilst we ended up at it so the little ones 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 cannot hold out to see some fairly striped cushions on this bench soon, but it appears to be so fantastic now!

This linear chandelier is perfect for the slender rectangular dining table that will go in this article soon. Because this place is windowless, and this corner feels so darkish, we added sconce boxes to give it some more support.

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

I system to go again and paint the vent go over the very same Benjamin Moore Southern Vines to blend with the relaxation of the corner banquette so it will practically vanish.

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

Are you starting to see the eyesight acquire form in this minor eating nook? Are we feelin’ the bench seating problem? We have an reasonably priced wall treatment method prepared future to add some more dimension that I just cannot hold out to demonstrate you!

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