The Double-Duty Kitchen Tool That Is Perfect for Paint Projects

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Sieve Tools of the Trade

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If you’re tackling a paint project at home, you might find it to be a little overwhelming. Painting straight from a can isn’t always as simple or straightforward as it might seem. The absolute worst is when you realize tiny bits of unwanted debris have made their way into your paint—and, worst of all, onto your walls.

Luckily, Jo Smith, the marketing manager for the online retailer Toolstation, revealed a great hack that solves this problem. Best of all? It involves a common (and inexpensive) kitchen accessory that you probably already own.

Read on to learn about the hack Smith first discovered on TikTok and confirmed with pro painters and decorators.

Toolstation Marketing Manager's paint hack with a kitchen sieve


What item made your work life easier this week/month/lately?

Jo Smith: I recently discovered a great painting trick. Using the kind of metal sieve you’d find in the kitchen, you can strain interior paint to remove any unwanted particles. It helps to achieve a perfectly smooth finish with none of those irritating ‘bits’ that you sometimes find mixed up in there and end up on your walls.

Cuisinart Strainers, Set of 3

set of 3 cuisinart strainers


JS: It’s an item that’s fairly cheap and easy to pick up. Stocked in most supermarkets, you can usually pick up a sieve for a couple of dollars. Also, unlike hosiery tights—which were traditionally used to strain paint—a metal sieve can be washed and used time and time again. 

Where/how do you use this item most?

JS: Before I start painting, I arrange the sieve over my scuttle [or paint can]. Then, I simply pour the paint through, disposing of any debris collected in the sieve. 

How did you discover this item?

JS: I first spotted this hack on TikTok. I then reached out to some highly experienced painters and decorators we work with to see if it was legitimate. Turns out, it is! One of them said it’s an essential part of his prep and has been for decades.

Will you use this item in the future?

JS: Anytime I do any painting, I’ll be using a sieve to remove particles and achieve a smooth finish—especially if I’m using an old tin of paint. 

How has this item made your job easier?

JS: It helps to achieve a perfectly smooth finish, the first time around. 

How might someone not in your line of work benefit from this item?

JS: At Toolstation, we’re lucky to work with both professionals and DIYers. This hack is something many professional painters and decorators have sworn by for years but until now, not many amateur DIYers have known about it.

What, if anything, would you change about this item?

JS: When choosing a sieve, I’d advise going for something sturdy. Paint can be heavy which means there’s a lot of weight exerted on the sieve. 

Are there any care/use tips someone considering this item should know about?

JS: To clean the sieve after use, simply wash it with warm soapy water or brush cleaner. And, make sure your paintbrush is clean too. There’s no point straining your paint if there are bits and pieces clinging to your brush.