I Built a Kitchen! // Tiny Apartment Ep.4

Today we’re going to build almost an entire
kitchen with built-in appliances and not so common materials! Designing the Tiny Apartment projects required
a lot of time because I had to try things out on paper as the space is pretty small
and completely out of square. Eventually I came out with a plan. I put some days into designing the sketchup
model even though it has mistakes as I am definitely not great with 3D digital stuff. First thing I did was to disassemble the studio
kitchen that you might remember I built back in 2017. I am reusing the entire bottom cabinet and
building the rest of the new kitchen around it. So, after reassembling the existing cabinet,
I traced the shape of the plumbing components and cut it out using the jigsaw. Then I needed to make a hole to insert the
washing machines tubings and for that I grabbed my forstner bit set to pick up one. I’ve always had the annoying tendency to
make holes and cuts just big enough and in this case I had to enlarge the hole quite
a lot after testing. And in the end it did work but was a hell
to fit all the hoses and I wish I had made it a lot bigger. To install the existing countertop I had to
make some modifications as I purchased a stainless steel sink and the hole needed to be wider. I traced the contour of the inner structure
first so that I could have an idea of where to fit the sink. Here I was squaring up the left side as I
had to cut it out of square previously to fit in the studio because the walls were weird. And yeah, old buildings on downtown Porto
are horribly out of square but hey let’s pop out this rectangular shape. This top is made out of plywood and a cement
board that is moisture resistant and dimensionally stable and only by the end of this project
I realized I could have cut it inside with the dust extraction attached and no dust would
be flying. But I guess it gave a cool visual effect. I had to remove a little section of the main
structure and then it was ready to be glued in place using silicone. Oh yeah and I did seal the entire edge with
silicone as well just for good measure in case water slips under the sink edge. I can now focus on building the structure
for the oven and fridge cabinet using pocket holes. Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is one of
the sponsors of this project and you will see me using a whole bunch of their tools
during this video that really made a difference to speed up the build and make some tasks
easier. I’m talking about basically all the blue
tools and accessories you see me using. I’ll have a link in the description for
those in case it might help you. The base section of this structure was reclaimed
from the old small fridge so here I am just making the top section. By the way, I am using scraps of baltic birch
plywood that is more than strong for this purpose. For the baseboard – I gave my cnc machine
the task to cut some pockets for the air to flow beneath the over and the fridge areas. To support the oven, I attached two solid
wood boards with screws to the structure and into the drawer cabinet to make everything
super sturdy and connected. As the idea here was to use scraps and left
overs from previous projects, instead of making an entire new countertop, I patched up a square
over the oven section. I wasn’t super happy about this idea but
it hold fine in my mind. You will hear some thoughts about this by
the end of the video. So here I am again cutting the cement board
and in the meantime I cut and finished a piece of water resistant MDF that in Portugal is
typically died in green to be easily distinguishable from the regular material. I prepared the base of the countertop section
and put it in place using silicone and screws. The colour became quite different because
the finish on the old countertop part has aged. I forgot I wanted to place the drawer slides
before fitting the oven so I can later take advantage of the space under to make a drawer. Notice that this green shelf is purposely
cut short in order to allow for air flow. Now it’s time to work on the left tall component
of the kitchen. To save money, I decided to buy cheaper materials
as long as they are not visible because birch plywood is rather expensive. This is why you will see me using some more
green water resistant MDF painted white. I wanted all the appliances to be hidden but
the oven, that obviously would be kind of weird to enclose and probably dangerous, so
this is why the floor cabinet on the left is protruding past the rest of the components. I mean, the main reason is because the built-in
washing machines didn’t fit my budget so I went for a regular one that is deeper than
the cabinet I made some rabbets for the backer board to
sit on using my router table and jointed the parts with pocket holes once again. I sanded and finished the side of the cabinet
that is facing out with water based varnish. As you will see, every piece that is visible
from outside will be made out of birch plywood and yellow valchromat, just like the bottom
drawer cabinet. Here I realized this was starting to get super
heavy and would be impossible for me to move around and complete the tower cabinet build
so I put in on the floor. The plywood I got for the backs was not the
best looking but it was pre finished which was a great help. I also bought a bunch of these sheets to make
all the drawers and bottoms for the next Tiny Apartment projects. I kept the correct spacing to fit the small
dish washer and didn’t bother plugging the holes of the pocket holes because they won’t
be visible. The top bigger volume will become the pantry
and on a later episode I will make a cool solution to organize everything properly. I am now working on the right tower that will
have the built-in fridge. This pocket is to provide some ventilation
for the oven and passing the electrical wire to the outlet behind the fridge section. Again, I am using the green stuff because
it won’t be visible. You will start to notice that things seem
to be really out of alignment and they are, visually. Because the starting point, which was the
bottom yellow cabinet, had non conventional widths in order to fit in the studio – and
because I have appliances in many places, the overall look became a bit weird. So, beware OCD’ers, this might trigger you. I built the parts as I went mostly because
the plan was not completely defined so you will see a lot of repetition in this video. Cutting, sanding, varnishing… Here I will need to plug the oven and the
fridge so I had to change the wall outlet to a double one. It’s time to start working on the upper
cabinets and I started by the exhaust fan. Made a hole for the aluminium tubing to fit
and constructed the box fairly tight. This two strips will allow me to fix the box
to the wall. I test fitted the fan and it seemed to work
nicely. Once it was anchored to the wall being centred
to the ceramic hob, I could find the final measurements for the right and left side cabinets. I butt jointed everything with screws because
they will never be seen and these corner clamps from Rockler were really really handy to keep
everything aligned and square. I almost forgot to make the rabbets for the
backer piece so I reassembled them afterwards. As this is a concrete wall, I placed the boxes
in the correct place and drilled small diameter holes thought the plywood backing pieces to
mark the concrete. Then I drilled bigger holes for bushings and
finally attached everything. Because the wall is horribly built, the left
side cabinet had to be slightly trimmed to adapt to the waves. The fronts of the cabinets were cut from two
different sheets but I tried to match the grain so it looks reasonably continuous. These two scraps are simple templates to trace
the center of the hinges. Number 1 was used for smaller fronts are number
2 for larger ones. Then, I could align this concealed hinge drilling
jig to those lines and start drilling. The provided forstner bit wasn’t really
sharp so it took some effort. It might seem insignificant, but I actually
enjoyed using this jig as I could align it with the same pencil line as in the door front
and get perfectly spaced holes every time. Now it’s just a matter of snapping the hinges
in place. During this build I got contacted by a Portuguese
company that makes plywood called Laminar. They were very interested in partnering with
me so I decided to use their products for the interior parts of the upper cabinets. Laminar is one of the sponsors of this video
and they are very focused on the production of Eucalyptus Plywood. Besides Asia, it is extremely rare to find
a factory producing this type of plywood, which makes them rather special. I found it to be quite strong and hard as
it can be a great solution for structural works as well as pieces of furniture of a
bigger scale. As the faces are great looking due to the
straight grain, it can be used for shelves, table tops, and other woodworking or carpentry
projects. Another idea would be to use it for interior
design, wall panels, doors, ceilings and other contemporary architecture purposes. They invited me to their factory and I found
it so cool that everything is still traditionally manufactured that I decided to film the process
to show you, so I hope you enjoyed this segment. They produce all kinds of plywood meeting
the customer’s needs using other species of wood as well as veneers. I will be using their products on a couple
more videos in the future, so stay tuned for that! You can find the link to their website in
the description. Alright so as I wanted to keep the exterior
faces all in birch plywood, I picked some scraps and glued the remaining width needed
with the eucalyptus plywood. I used floating tenons for reinforcement as
these birch strips are going to be basically floating. The rest of the procedure was the same. Screwing, cutting, checking for fit, sanding
and finishing. One of the back pieces needed a groove to
make room for the electric wire of the exhaust fan. The middle top cabinet isn’t as deep as
the other two because I didn’t want to mess up with the fan aluminium tubing. that means
it is basically rested up on the cabinet beneath it and screwed to the ones on each side. Now that the fronts are ready it’s time
to install the lift mechanisms. I followed the instructions from the manufacturer
and it wasn’t too hard. Nice thing is that the jig to drill the concealed
hinges holes can also be used to attach this component here. I’ll have a link in the description for
these. Now it’s a matter of adjusting the strength
of the lift system according to the size of each door front. Here I am using some more eucalypus plywood
from Laminar to make a divider over the fridge. These corner clamps from Rockler were amazingly
useful as I wouldn’t even know how to hold the wood in place while screwing it on a perfect
position without them. Here’s a hole to insert the microwave wiring. Now I can work on the fridge doors. I took the opportunity of cutting out the
handle shapes on the fridge doors to cut the remaining handle for the door under the sink
to match the rest of the drawers. If you notice, I only carved handles on doors
that I wouldn’t be able to open without a handle. I don’t really like to have protruding hardware
around me because I have a tendency to hit it with my hands and kneed and even my shirts
or jackets get pulled and stuck which is very annoying. So, this is the main reason why I choose to
make holes as handles for the kitchen and the bathroom vanity also has flat handles. A cool trick to make sure your design is being
cut in the centre of your workpiece, is to center it with the zero point on the software. I had to remove the fridge to screw the hinge
plates on and the yellow tower is almost finished. The top piece was indescribably heavy and
couldn’t lift my arms enough to make it fit up in there. To complete the missing space of the full
design, I built a drawer just like the ones from the Studio Kitchen episode that you can
watch right here. There was no space for the hand to fit in
the drawer handle hole, so I created a recess on the oven divider. I hot glued a little yellow strip to cover
the gap over the oven. This doesn’t need to be super attached,
is just a decorative detail. I had some inicial ideas for the backsplash
but ended up going with the same material as the countertop. So I made a hole for the wall outlet and sanded
and finished the surface with two coats of a hight quality hard wax. I really enjoyed the finished look and the
fact that it is moisture resistant. But then noticed that the color was different
from the current countertop that had another type of finish that I tried to sand, scrape
and still couldn’t get it enough removed to be fresh to receive the hardwax. I couldn’t sand the surface deeper to remove
completely the previous finish because once you remove the cement layer that covers the
top, the wood particles from the board get revealed and I didn’t want that look. So this became sort of a mess and I plan to
replace the whole countertop for a fresh new sheet of cement board to which I will apply
the same finish as the backsplash. Frustrating, yeah. I was really happy about the placement of
the outlet hole and replaced the previous white plastic cover for a black one. I think it looks more bad ass… Now the final touches…the baseboard and
completing the washing machine door. And that’s it for now! Or course there is still work to do as I am
planning to replace the countertop, building a storage solution for this big cabinet to
become the pantry, applying a thin light channel aaand closing the cabinet tops all the way
to the ceiling to hide the aluminium tubing. I hope you learned something with my experience
and got some good ideas for your next projects. A big shout out to the people that support
me on Patreon as well as to Rockler and Laminar that all together made this project possible. Catch you guys later! Rather sooner than later, I mean! Ahah

100 Replies to “I Built a Kitchen! // Tiny Apartment Ep.4”

  1. n0ia96 says:

    Epa, acabei de descobrir o teu canal e já fiquei com vontade de construir uma casa

  2. River Brat says:

    Marry me! <3

  3. Tilburg kinder-psycholoog sinds 1999 says:

    In this video you use two things of which I don’t know the name. It’s the jig which you drill and screw in an fairly low angle the rectangular plates. It was red.
    Other is the top upon the Paint bucket. I’ve seen it but now I see how you’d used it. What’s the name in general for it. Mind you. I’m in Europe and have probably different names for it.

  4. VENU GOPAL says:

    Superb good job i never seen like this 🏆

  5. kawateque says:

    The downstair neighbors must be thrilled about the noise hahaha. Good job.

  6. yaqi wang says:

    this is what i want to do

  7. Aniq Aiman says:


  8. Ricardo Mac. Gomes says:

    És de Portugal?! 😀

  9. A & C Productions says:


  10. A & C Productions says:

    I would professionally pay you to install a kitchen/appliance in my house

  11. علماء التاريخ says:

    You are good for joop

  12. Angeline says:

    can I be your apprentice? I wish I can buy the same kind of tools you have and start making my own furnitures

  13. Gustavo Valenca says:

    Garota, seus videos são uma inspiração, parabéns por toda iniciativa e pelo excelente trabalho. Abraços de um Brasileiro vivendo na Florida

  14. Célio Marques says:

    Vou escrever em PT/BR. Você é demais! Infelizmente aqui no Brasil não temos esse poder aquisitivo e ferramentas como estas. Ficou show!

  15. ikhsani yanto says:

    So inspiring. Thanks a lot to share so many useful tutorial. Anyway, what type of green board is that?

  16. Mohammed Abdinasir says:

    Wow.Good job.I love it.I wish i can do too.

  17. FLY HIIGH says:

    perfect work

  18. Bjork says:


  19. Don Yates says:

    You do really nice work. Congratulations on the success of your channel!

  20. catalin trandafir says:

    Very nice, but a lot of work …. in Romania we have another style of working much easier …

  21. Abubakar Hassan says:

    lovely work and you have encourage and very hight tech material to help you easy good job well done

  22. Surya Perkasa says:

    Very beautiful design and you are skillful builder too.

  23. Vadim Firsov says:

    Офигеть.А тут звонит выйди встреть пакет с продуктами забери… Тёлочка холодильник херакс на плечо и нормуль… Она то походу и не совсем тёлочка.. как двинет с правой в челюсть.. сразу спать можно возле бордюра прилечь..

  24. Kotkostya says:

    Классно! Просто супер дизайн.
    Одна розетка только смущает.

  25. Alexis Tisseur says:

    Hi! Love your channel! What type of mdf is used on the right of that kitchen? The yellowish/orange one?

  26. Isabel Adame says:

    Te admiro!! <3

  27. Ornella Angela Tomasello says:

    You have a great ability … you look so young, but you also show that you have experience, commitment and ability. Congratulations!

  28. ryall says:

    I have no idea why this video popped up, but I watched every second of it. Great job. Great haircut. Reminded me of actor Theo Von. You could be his more talented twin sister.

  29. Priscila lima De oliveira says:

    Parabéns você é demais 😍

  30. Frankie aponte says:

    Damnn suity u got some art

  31. Leonardo Pérez says:

    When having shitloads of money why do bother building it?

  32. David Gameiro says:

    Esta espetacular!!!

  33. Sergei Ya says:

    wow! you're an inspiration

  34. Glider says:

    RIGHT? In Lisbon I have the same god damm problem, everything looks like is out of angle because the walls arent perfect and the rooms are all out of square. God damm it!

  35. Eduardo Faundez says:

    I give the "like" and then watch the video! Thanks for share.

  36. silviya_isaac says:

    I like the way you made kitchen

  37. Kirill Vasiliev says:

    1:26 guy wouldn't ever risk his balls like that.

  38. Sion Indi says:

    Тёлка молодец, рукадельница!

  39. Thiemo Fischer says:

    Very nice. Hopefully the strip over the oven doesn't loosen of when the hot air escapes from it.

  40. Ralph Pickering says:

    Pussycat dolls: Dontcha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
    Me: Nope, but if she had mad skills like Cris, that would be pretty sweet.

  41. Wilhelm Lööf says:

    Impressive build!
    Very tasteful minimalistic design.

  42. Vince Misa says:

    This is perfect

  43. EKA DARMAH SANTI says:

    Masalah kayu di indonesia adalah rayap dan jamur, bagaimana cara mengatasinya. Agar dapur tetap bersih sehat tdk berjamur dan tidak kena rayap?

  44. Jaspal Singh says:

    Very nice

  45. Андрей Строкин says:

    It looks perfect! Good job!

  46. david g says:

    great video. what model of sink did you use. i am looking for that exact shape for my kitchen. cheers in advance

  47. Derek Dufon says:


  48. John Schotz says:

    The pockethole device is from UJK. Got the same myself

  49. EnchantedOcelot says:

    Seeing you adding the hinges was really satisfying xD

  50. pickydown88 says:

    you are awesome, lady! I am a full grown dude, 29 soon, and I am inspired by an extremely intelligent and capable, not your typical-stereotypical girl. Great!!! Absolutely great!!!

    Nice, really nice! Lots of respect and appreciation, you' re basically the modern generation's role-model. For the common folks, I mean, not for the media and consumerism.

    Keep on, me and my girlfriend want to buy a new small place, and your ideas and videos are helping a lot to stay on track with our small budget! <3

  51. Patrick Adam says:

    AMAZING !!!

  52. Carole Wise says:

    Very cool!

  53. adhex setiawan says:

    briliant 😍

  54. Abdulrahman BoHamad says:

    amazing videos !

  55. Fisher Man says:

    Imagine if u became my wife 😅

  56. Waheed Khan says:

    I like it your wark

  57. rudi aja says:

    how much time does it take to make such a good result ??

  58. Mountain Views says:

    I love it it's fantastic you really have done a nice job thumbs up my friend

  59. Sonny Scott says:

    Subscribed! 👍

  60. Zeruda Densetsu says:

    I love it!

  61. emad abuashour says:


  62. chris norman says:

    You are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing.

  63. 林志宏 says:

    I really love it.

  64. James Crawford says:

    You Rock! Thank You for sharing!

  65. Alvin Roque-Otento says:

    skills! beautiful work. loved watching this.

  66. Joseph DESTAUBIN says:

    Curious, what country allows you to plug an oven into the same outlet/breaker into which you plug other appliances?

  67. Hoa Nguyen Huynh says:

    Thằng e mang đôi giày bitit's hunter thì phải

  68. Bellcher Dogs says:

    un trabajo increible!!! tienes un talento espectacular!!! Saludos desde Colombia!

  69. Danilo Rodrigues says:

    Bad ass! So talented! Amazing!

  70. silas lopes says:

    Very very good. Here in Brazil unfortunately we do not have these tools and resources. Here is what we call 8 or 80: it is either very weak and amateur and not cheap because Brazilian taxes are absurd when it comes to machinery or very powerful and astronomically expensive.

  71. Sonia Lipford says:

    What is that you used for the back splash and counter top

  72. Vibienne says:

    I really love the design. Definitely a design pice. How is the cement board called in the hardwear store? I couln't finde anything similar on the internet. Or did you make the board your own? Thank you

  73. gabriel couto says:

    Não gostei

  74. weirdocentric23 says:

    This Chanel is so fulfilling, I’ve always desired to have a workshop and create multi-functional furniture and be able to just create in general. This video is so awesome and fascinating, I enjoyed the factory segment but the entire video is pure gold. Thank you for creating awesome content.🇬🇧🇯🇲🇲🇶🇱🇨👍🏾☮️💟

  75. Timothy Crane says:

    What was the oven that you used?

  76. Anil Thapa says:

    Why did you not use Epoxy on the Counter Top instead of Wax? It would have given a better look.

  77. Ian Casey says:

    Impressive and a lot of tools! Too many tools for one-time use. 🙁

  78. Michał Piekarski says:

    very nice! 🙂 I'love it

  79. David Mancilla Orellana says:


  80. Glenzkie Bacalso says:

    I love your work very clean and durable installation, you are great and talented good job.

  81. Mayu Rai says:

    Omg salute u lady

  82. Gretchen Bernadette Cortez says:

    amazing!!! super duper loved it!

  83. ace sam says:

    I love your honesty! I love your videos

  84. ace sam says:

    Your patience awwww amazing

  85. Idea Creations says:


  86. jayanta gogoi says:

    Was that a duck 🦆@ 16.00 ? Love your work..

  87. Phantom KE says:

    25:45 I just lost it. That was really funny

  88. J Engineer says:

    What designing software do you use in the beginning of all your videos?

  89. Alejandro Avalos says:


  90. giardsteen says:

    I just find this. You are amazing..!!

  91. Duarte Gomes says:

    Que trabalho incrivel! Parabens!

  92. Matteo Marelli says:

    Devo farti i complimenti sei veramente brava. Ma perchè non ti fai aiutare?

  93. Ekaterina Stepanova says:

    Oh my God, you are so cool
    Marry me, please

  94. Min Yoongi's Blue hair says:

    Am binge watching. You're amazing!!!

  95. Seifenschaum says:

    Great work, great video and great results! Thanks for all of that.

    Makes it harder and harder to not work on own home improvement projects 😀

    Cheers from Germany!

  96. 999mrkhaled says:

    Can I work with u for free

  97. Joel Cortorreal says:

    Quiero aprender a hacer eso pero me gusta tu estilo Lamentablemente aquí no dan esa casa de enseñanza de carpintería😭😭😭

  98. TS says:

    Oooo she's wearing Ultra Boosts <3

  99. Sami maxus says:

    W..O..W … OMG excellent job. thanks for sharing

  100. Shiraz Chanawala says:

    Absolute amazing

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