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Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets

Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets

All of the details to give a corner banquette a new look with paint, as well as how to put in an air vent redirect beneath a cabinet.


Just after months of browsing for a secondhand corner banquette on Fb Marketplace, driving nearly 4 hrs spherical-journey to pick it up, going a doorway, setting up 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 proper following the electrician left from setting up those people sconce boxes and relocating for the linear chandelier, so forgive the dust. 😉

I’m even now ready on reupholstered cushions, but even “naked” this banquette now has us envisioning so a lot of pleasurable family dinners collected all around the desk with lots of additional beloved ones squeezed into this very little area!

corner banquette before with old fabric on cushions

How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets

A single tiny obstacle we had to tackle just before building the shabby corner banquette look stylish was rerouting the air vent on the ground that was positioned appropriate beneath the beneath seat the cabinets.

(There generally has to be at the very least a person obstacle or it wouldn’t be a residence advancement task, would it? Murphy’s Law just about every time.)

If you are ever creating built-in shelves, cabinets, a window seat, or a corner banquette like ours, you completely can not cover and dismiss any vents the air flow ought to be redirected to keep the space 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 Set up an Air Vent Redirect

We made use of this air vent redirecting kit identified as a Toe Ductor (it will work for wall registers and baseboard registers way too).

The package will allow you to push the air move beneath your constructed-in home furniture. (Not sponsored… just a neat matter we’ve found out and used for DIYs around the decades.) Make sure you permit at minimum 4 inches of place underneath your cupboard or crafted-in.

We did the exact beneath the crafted-in cabinets and window seat for our neighbors’ rec space makeover previous yr. 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 right here or baseboard vent package right 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 – Connect Box to Ground Vent

Deal with the ground vent initially 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

Phase 2 – Measure and Slice for the Toe Kick Include

Determine where you want to location the new air vent on your crafted-in, measure, and mark. Making use of the oscillating resource, minimize out a rectangular area.

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

Stage 3 – Connect the New Vent

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

toe ductor air vent redirect underneath a built-in banquette

Action 4 – Attach Flexible Duct

Use the furnished steel strip to connect the flexible duct to the again of the vent. (Our metallic strip place 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

Phase 5 – Connect Flex Duct to Box and Situation Cabinet/Created-In on Top

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

Spot the cabinet or built=in on major of the box and anchor to the wall as you’d like. You can attach the toe kick grate to the front just after portray.

sanding a laminate corner banquette with an orbital sander

Phase 6 – Prep and Paint

I went as a result of my usual cabinet portray approach due to the fact this corner banquette is quite a great deal like a piece of cabinetry.

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

Verify out that deep, desaturated olive inexperienced! It blends properly with our more lively hunter green kitchen cabinets whilst nevertheless feeling like a neutral. Appreciate! The colour is Benjamin Moore Southern Vines.

We anchored the new-to-us corner banquette to the wall even though we had been at it so the children 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 can’t wait around to see some quite striped cushions on this bench quickly, but it seems to be so very good now!

This linear chandelier is excellent for the slender rectangular eating table that will go here quickly. Because this space is windowless, and this corner feels so dim, we included sconce bins to give it some added assist.

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

I prepare to go again and paint the vent cover the similar 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 commencing to see the vision just take form in this tiny eating nook? Are we feelin’ the bench seating situation? We have an affordable wall treatment prepared up coming to add some added dimension that I cannot hold out to demonstrate you!

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