Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets

All of the aspects to give a corner banquette a new look with paint, as well as how to set up an air vent redirect below a cupboard.


After months of browsing for a secondhand corner banquette on Facebook Market, driving virtually 4 hrs spherical-excursion to decide on it up, relocating a door, setting up 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 correct immediately after the electrician still left from putting in those people sconce packing containers and relocating for the linear chandelier, so forgive the dust. 😉

I’m nevertheless waiting around on reupholstered cushions, but even “naked” this banquette currently has us envisioning so quite a few enjoyment household dinners collected all over the desk with a lot of far more loved ones squeezed into this minimal house!

corner banquette before with old fabric on cushions

How to Redirect Air Vents Below Cupboards

One particular small impediment we experienced to deal with just before generating the shabby corner banquette look chic was rerouting the air vent on the floor that was positioned suitable beneath the beneath seat the cabinets.

(There usually has to be at the very least 1 impediment or it would not be a house improvement job, would it? Murphy’s Regulation every single time.)

If you are ever making crafted-in cabinets, cabinets, a window seat, or a corner banquette like ours, you unquestionably can’t cover and disregard any vents the air movement have to be redirected to preserve the home 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 used this air vent redirecting kit called a Toe Ductor (it works for wall registers and baseboard registers as well).

The kit will allow you to drive the air move underneath your constructed-in furniture. (Not sponsored… just a interesting factor we’ve uncovered and utilised for DIYs around the a long time.) Make guaranteed you allow at least 4 inches of area underneath your cupboard or built-in.

We did the very same underneath the created-in cabinets and window seat for our neighbors’ rec home makeover past yr. In hindsight, I would paint that vent grate to blend it.

redirected air vent underneath a built-in window seat


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

Move 1 – Attach Box to Flooring Vent

Protect the ground 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

Phase 2 – Measure and Slash for the Toe Kick Go over

Determine where by you want to put the new air vent on your designed-in, measure, and mark. Utilizing the oscillating resource, cut out a rectangular part.

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 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 – Attach Adaptable Duct

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

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

Move 5 – Connect Flex Duct to Box and Posture Cupboard/Designed-In on Top

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

Area the cabinet or developed=in on prime of the box and anchor to the wall as you’d like. You can connect the toe kick grate to the front just after painting.

sanding a laminate corner banquette with an orbital sander

Action 6 – Prep and Paint

I went as a result of my common cabinet portray process considering the fact that this corner banquette is extremely significantly like a piece of cabinetry.

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

Examine out that deep, desaturated olive green! It blends perfectly with our a lot more lively hunter environmentally friendly kitchen cabinets whilst nevertheless feeling like a neutral. Appreciate! The color is Benjamin Moore Southern Vines.

We anchored the new-to-us corner banquette to the wall whilst we had been 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’t wait to see some really striped cushions on this bench quickly, but it appears so great presently!

This linear chandelier is excellent for the slender rectangular dining desk that will go below shortly. Mainly because this area is windowless, and this corner feels so darkish, we additional sconce packing containers to give it some excess support.

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

I plan to go back and paint the vent address the identical Benjamin Moore Southern Vines to mix with the rest 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 commencing to see the eyesight choose condition in this very little eating nook? Are we feelin’ the bench seating predicament? We have an affordable wall cure planned upcoming to add some more dimension that I just cannot wait around to present you!

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