Do I need a Carpenter, Joiner or Cabinet Maker?


Whilst the three terms have, in the modern age, become more interchangeable, there are historical differences between the three roles.

The historical hierarchy of woodworkers was Carpenter – Joiner –  Cabinet Maker

These definitions have been drawn from various historical sources and updated to help understand how the roles are defined today.  The division between the three roles is less clear than it was in the 17th and 18th Century but it is useful to understand the basic differences when looking for skilled tradesmen to undertake different aspects of working with wood.



Carpentry means the art of cutting, framing, and putting together timber in the construction of buildings, or an assemblage of pieces of timber connected by being framed together, as the pieces of a roof, partition, floor, etc.



Joinery is the art or work of a joiner; and a joiner is a mechanic who does the woodwork in the covering and finishing of buildings, or whose occupation it is to construct things by joining pieces of wood together. This includes windows, doors and staircases.


Cabinet Maker

The artisan who makes furniture of a more elaborate description is usually called a cabinetmaker, the term “cabinet” being applied to a piece of furniture consisting of a case or box furnished with doors and drawers. Basically, a cabinetmaker is a woodworker who makes cabinets and the finer kind of joiner’s work.

Today, cabinetmakers will work in solid wood, typically hardwoods and sheet materials, though Veneers of highly prized wood may be used for decorative purposes. In choosing over another, the cabinetmaker has to consider ease of construction, appearance, cost, weight, strength and durability.

At Alresford Interiors, we employ a team of highly skilled cabinet makers who take immense pride in the work they do.  They delight in working with clients to make their projects a reality.

For any more help and advice, or if you’re ready to start designing your cabinetry project, please feel free to call us on 01962 733016, email or pop into our workshop and we can get your kitchen project off the ground today! 


Refreshing Your Kitchen With Paint

Kitchens are the heart of the home in most houses; a place to spend time together with family and friends. But of course kitchens face a lot of wear and tear – food stains, dents, oil stains… it’s endless. So refreshing your kitchen and adding a touch of character with a splash of paint is just what it may need!

Paint is a great way to customize any room at a low price; it also can be completely personal to you. You can create different finishes, styles, patterns and of course colours!

A popular trend at the moment is adding a feature wall. This doesn’t have to be a picture or a bold print, but simply different coloured paint or a darker, more intense version of the colour you’re already using.  This adds a pop to your kitchen and can really refresh an entire room up!

Things to think about when deciding how to inject character into your kitchen with a fresh splash of paint is of course firstly choosing a colour and a paint that is suitable. White paint is perfect for making a room look fresh, clean and modern but some painted walls are harder to clean especially if it’s a matt finish.  Because your kitchen is a high traffic area you need to ensure the paint you choose is hard wearing.

As well as painting your walls recycling your furniture can be the perfect way to spice up your kitchen at an affordable cost. Painting items can really freshen up a room and also add your personality. So instead of buying new pieces, just jazz up the ones you already have!

We are happy to work with anyone on bringing their kitchen dreams to life. If you want extra units building such as a larder unit, new doors or a completely new kitchen we are happy to help! Call us on 01962 733016, email info@alresfordinteriors or pop into our workshop based in Alresford.

Hand painted kitchens versus spray painted.

Hand painting versus spray painting is a frequent discussion in our office, and is one which almost always comes down to personal choice. Our customers often ask us; “Is it better to spray paint or hand paint our kitchen cabinet doors?”. At Alresford Interiors, we offer both of these options, and have highlighted some of the main advantages and disadvantages of each below:

Advantages of spray painting

  • More uniform finish
  • Precise sheen/colour control
  • Overall a sharper look
  • Quicker turnaround

Disdvantages of Spray painting

  • Risk of damage to finish. It’s a little like repairing the paint on a scratched car surface. It needs to be brought to a spray shop, the part must be taken off/colour matched to its original colour and re fitted.

Advantages of Hand Painting

  • Gives a “softer”  overall luxurious look
  • Easier to “touch up” than spray
  • More uniform finish

Disadvantages of Hand Painting

  • Time consuming
  • Slightly more costly

Each stage of the painting process is the same for both hand and spray painted until you arrive at the final coat. Firstly our joiners spray the doors with primer. Secondly they spray the doors with a first coat, then,  on the final coat they either spray or hand paint the doors,  depending the customer’s choice.

What we haven’t mentioned so far is the third option! On the final coat, it is also possible to have a foam roller finish, which is popular due to the stippled effect it provides.

So in short, your kitchen will look beautiful if spray painted, hand painted or finished with a foam roller, because Alresford Interiors pride themselves on producing fantastic quality finished kitchens. Both spray painting and hand painting has its advantages and disadvantages that need to be considered, but the choice is ultimately up to you. If you would like more information, or any help with choosing,  you can contact us on 01962 733016. We would be happy to help.