July 24, 2024


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Corner Banquette Makeover + How to Redirect Air Vents Under Cabinets


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

At last!

Immediately after months of seeking for a secondhand corner banquette on Fb Market, driving approximately 4 several hours round-excursion to choose it up, going a doorway, installing LVP flooring, redirecting an air vent, and painting 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 soon after the electrician still left from putting in individuals 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 by now has us envisioning so numerous fun spouse and children dinners gathered all over the table with many far more liked kinds squeezed into this tiny space!

corner banquette before with old fabric on cushions

How to Redirect Air Vents Underneath Cabinets

1 small obstacle we experienced to address in advance of producing the shabby corner banquette appear stylish was rerouting the air vent on the floor that was positioned ideal beneath the beneath seat the cupboards.

(There constantly has to be at minimum one particular impediment or it wouldn’t be a house enhancement venture, would it? Murphy’s Legislation each time.)

If you are at any time developing designed-in shelves, cabinets, a window seat, or a corner banquette like ours, you definitely cannot go over and ignore any vents the air flow have to be redirected to preserve the place 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 performs for wall registers and baseboard registers as well).

The package will allow you to force the air flow beneath your constructed-in home furnishings. (Not sponsored… just a interesting issue we have learned and made use of for DIYs around the years.) Make certain you allow at minimum 4 inches of house underneath your cabinet or developed-in.

We did the similar beneath the built-in cabinets and window seat for our neighbors’ rec room 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 Kit (wall vent kit in this article or baseboard vent kit right here)
  • Drill
  • 1/2″ wooden screws
  • Oscillating device
  • Duct tape
attaching a Toe Ductor box for an air vent redirect under built-in

Phase 1 – Attach Box to Floor Vent

Deal with the ground vent 1st 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 – Evaluate and Cut for the Toe Kick Protect

Make your mind up exactly where you want to location the new air vent on your constructed-in, measure, and mark. Applying the oscillating software, 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

Move 3 – Attach the New Vent

On the backside 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

Step 4 – Connect Adaptable Duct

Use the delivered metal strip to attach the adaptable duct to the back of the vent. (Our metal strip set up a bit of a battle, so we bolstered it with duct tape.)

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

Step 5 – Attach Flex Duct to Box and Situation Cupboard/Built-In on Best

Stretch out the flexible duct underneath the corner banquette designed-in, and attach it to the box on the ground with the kit’s metal stripping. We bolstered ours once more with duct tape so no air escapes.

Position the cupboard or created=in on top rated of the box and anchor to the wall as you’d like. You can attach the toe kick grate to the entrance following portray.

sanding a laminate corner banquette with an orbital sander

Stage 6 – Prep and Paint

I went by way of my usual cabinet portray procedure due to the fact this corner banquette is pretty significantly like a piece of cabinetry.

  • Sand with an orbital sander using medium/high-quality grit
  • Vacuum and tack cloth away dust
  • Utilize liquid sander deglosser
  • Prime with shellac based primer
  • Paint with enamel satin
painting built in cabinets with Benjamin Moore Southern Vines

Verify out that deep, desaturated olive inexperienced! It blends completely with our extra lively hunter inexperienced kitchen area cupboards whilst however emotion like a neutral. Love! The shade is Benjamin Moore Southern Vines.

We anchored the new-to-us corner banquette to the wall while we ended up at it so the young 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 can’t wait to see some really striped cushions on this bench quickly, but it appears to be like so excellent currently!

This linear chandelier is ideal for the narrow rectangular eating desk that will go listed here shortly. Because this room is windowless, and this corner feels so dim, we extra sconce packing containers to give it some extra assistance.

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

I system to go back again and paint the vent go over the identical Benjamin Moore Southern Vines to blend with the rest of the corner banquette so it will almost disappear.

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

Are you starting to see the eyesight take form in this very little dining nook? Are we feelin’ the bench seating condition? We have an cheap wall remedy prepared subsequent to increase some further dimension that I simply cannot wait to display you!

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