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Jun 07, 2024

A DECORATOR has revealed how a common kitchen gadget could help you to stop wasting paint and get a cleaner finish.

Handymen from The Window Resorters often share their best home improvement tips with their 900 followers on TikTok.

In a recent video, they show how using a kitchen sieve to strain your paint can stop bits of sediment sticking to the surface you are painting.

They show how simply pouring the paint into a bucket, through a sieve, can remove unwanted debris from the tin.

In the video caption, The Window Restorers said: "This is why we strain our paint before every use.

"A cheap hack is to purchase a sieve from your local supermarket for £1 or so or alternatively purchase a strainer bag from a paint merchants .

"The amount of unwanted bits you collect is immense.

"Whether it’s an old tin or even brand new, you must strain before you paint, to avoid getting them annoying bits on your surface."

You can pick up a kitchen sieve for as little as £1 at retailers like Ikea and The Range.

Alternatively, you can pick up a pack of eight paint strainer bags from Toolstation.

Remember that if you order online, you will have to factor in any possible delivery charges.

Decorating your home can be an expensive task, but there are great ways to update your home without splashing out.

Replacing kitchen tiles can cost a small fortune but you can freshen your current ones up by re-grouting.

You can get anti-mould and waterproof grout online at Amazon for around £8.

If your bathroom is looking a bit tired, simply replacing a loo seat with a sleek, modern design can improve the look of the bathroom.

You can grab them for £7 on eBay, while similar versions cost £12.95 at Victorian Plumbing.

If you have a smaller living room, a mirror on either side of the wall makes it seem magically bigger.

Aldi is currently selling a large, black metal mirror for £59.99, or you can get a slimmer, full length mirror from Dunelm for £12.

Of course, it's always worth shopping around for the best deals as you might find something cheaper elsewhere.

Making small updates can also make a big difference - switching light and outlet covers from plastic white to metal can work wonders.

Meanwhile, an inventor revealed how a simple device can stop energy from being sucked out of your home.

And a gas engineer explains how a smart thermostat can help you save on your energy bills.