Glidden Paint Review & A Giveaway

I write for Glidden® over at My Colortopia and I’ve been using their paint for a few projects around the house recently, so today I’m sharing my experiences with it. I’m also hosting a giveaway for a $100 gift card to Home Depot — details are at the end of the post!

So. First impressions with the paint? You don’t get a lot of that classic strong paint smell, since it’s a no-VOC formula (most brands have moved toward a low or no-VOC option these days). The consistency is good, average compared to other brands (not too thick, but not too thin either). There’s a nice range of options in the color palette, but not so many that it gets overwhelming for the average person. Sometimes I find myself wishing that they offered more subtleties in color, but I think I’m in the minority there. I go in thinking ‘show me all 796 shades of icy blue with a hint of gray’ and other people want to see the best three or four options for light blue and go from there. If you get confused when there are way too many versions of red, or blue, or whatever, you’ll probably like the smaller palette — there are still hundred of colors to choose from.

Red and Pink Paint Colors from Glidden

I went with Crisp Linen White for Calvin’s nursery. I wanted the light and bright feeling that white gives a room with plenty of natural daylight (which the nursery has), but nothing too stark because of our home’s unpainted trim and woodwork.

Second Floor Kitchen

Calvin's Nursery / Former Second Kitchen

We remodeled that part of the second floor to create the nursery, closing off openings, adding new ones, and moving the door. We also stripped wallpaper from the walls and cleaned up the residue, leaving clean, smooth walls that seemed to be in pretty good condition. Normally, if you’re painting a light color over another light color, you can get away without priming first. We did prime the new areas of drywall , but since we were painting over previously papered walls for the majority of the room, I thought it might be a good idea to use a primer everywhere else too. I picked up a gallon of Glidden® Premium Collection Interior House Paint (a paint and primer in one) and we were able to skip another separate step.

Calvin's Nursery with Wood Built-ins| Making it Lovely

Calvin's Nursery | Making it Lovely

The paint gave great coverage, went on well, and has held up just fine. One coat covered nicely with lighter colors, but I’d count on two for dark or really bold paint jobs. And the best part is that it’s super affordable, so you can pick up a gallon for about $25 instead of $50 or $60 (or even $100, if you like a certain fancy European brand)! Here’s another project done in Glidden®, this time a deeper, darker color (Shaded Fern). The paint updated that old thrifted armoire perfectly.

Armoire as Linen Storage in the Hallway, with Art Above

Glidden® has enabled ratings and reviews for all of their products, so you can read other peoples’ experiences with their paint. If you’ve used it yourself, you can rate and review it too. And if you haven’t used it yet, well… I’m giving away a $100 gift card to Home Depot! That’s plenty to cover a gallon or two of Glidden®, plus any supplies you may need (and if you’re in need of tips and tricks, check out my posts for My Colortopia). Leave a comment on this post by midnight, August 25 to enter, and a winner will be randomly chosen. Open to US residents only. Good luck!

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  • carla
    August 20, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I’m interested in giving my daughter’s room an update this fall, and would be interested in looking at paint options. I like more subtle colors, too, but think I can find a suitable option.

  • Carol
    August 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Since our dog decided to lock himself in the bedroom and rip down the curtain rod (brackets and all) in his panic, I might use it as an excuse to move the curtain rods up where I want them. And if I’m patching and painting, might as well repaint the whole room, right? Oh how my mind likes to snowball projects to epic proportions.

  • Silex in the City
    August 20, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    oh my goodness! love all the work you did. i just bought a new home and painted the entire upstairs and now have to tackle the basement. I’d love to win so I can cover the costs for those paints. heading over to check out your tips now!

  • Erin
    August 20, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    My boys’ bathroom is the only room we haven’t touched since moving in almost 5 years ago. I would love to paint it a fun color for them!

  • Ashley Sullivan
    August 20, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I tried to get creative with a small section of my bedroom wall…and it was a disaster! I’d love to try Glidden for a complete redo!

  • Thora
    August 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    We just moved and being renters I can’t paint the walls. But I have a ton of old furniture that are calling out for some fresh paint! I love color, but as I have decorated a home longer I find I prefer white a lot to offset all the color that I like. The white you chose for the nursery looks great – a bright white.

  • Michelle
    August 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I actually just chose a Glidden color to paint my daughter’s bedroom so I would love to win this giveaway!

  • Barbara
    August 20, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Never used Glidden, but have a number of projects in the very near future! Would love to win!

  • Nikki
    August 20, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Loved seeing the nursery! I’m itching to paint my dining room and kitchen (which are connected) grey this fall. I’d love to see what grey tones Glidden has to offer.

  • Stephanie Pitzer
    August 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    We just bought our first home, so this would be used in an instant! I like the fresh feel of the lighter color in the nursery.

  • Kathy M
    August 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Such a cute nursery!! Love Glidden paints. I change my mind too much to use expensive paint. I have been happy with the coverage.

  • melanie
    August 20, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    great giveaway!!! love the airplanes since they remind me of my pilot grandfather:)

  • Caitlin Schubert
    August 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Would love a HD gift certificate to buy some new paint! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Liz
    August 20, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Love his nursery! it came together so well and I am really, really glad that you didn’t paint the woodwork and gave it a chance to shine.

  • Andrea
    August 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve been doing small updates to my town home since I purchased it last year, starting with painting (the easiest upgrade!) all of the downstairs and bedroom walls. I still want to do the kitchen cabinets, and then tackle the stairwell – but that stairwell wall is so tall! :)

  • Anne @ Planting Sequoias Blog
    August 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Very cute nursery, Nicole–loved it when you first posted it!

  • Amanda @
    August 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    White is always a favorite of mine! Have you tried it on furniture?
    – Amanda @ life on linton

  • Jennifer
    August 20, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I live in Southern California. My aunt and two cousins with their families live in the Chicago area. I have been following and enjoying all your info on home remodel, upkeep, decorating, family and guinea pigs! I have definitely two male pigs so no surprise babies for us. They sure are cute.
    We have owned our home for twenty years. We have been painting room by room since February. Still have both spare rooms and the master. We needed an update!!!

  • Rosie
    August 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I love going to Home Depot and getting paint cards. I would love to try Glidden, I want to paint a room and some furniture. So many nice colors to choose from!

  • Carlotta
    August 20, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I have many upcoming painting projects that this would come in handy for.

  • Meg C
    August 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I would love winning money toward a painting project for my home! Our master bedroom
    us in need of a refresh as are my front/back doors.

  • Lena
    August 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I LOVE Glidden paint, I’ve used it for all of my paint projects for the last 5 years. I’ve got a new project coming up, so the timing’s perfect to win a giveaway!

  • Meggan
    August 20, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Oh, I have SO MANY THINGS I could use that HD gift card for. We just bought a house in June and we’re busy updating the stuff we can (like paint and trim) and it would be a huge help.

  • Chris
    August 20, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Like you, I want to see every possible shade as well! There are never too many options! We’re in the process of buying our first home (which happens to be the rental we’ve lived in for 7 years). We’re itching to update a lot of the house once it’s finally ours – so we’d love to win this gift card!

  • Laura
    August 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I could definitely use that Home Depot card! Always another home project to do.

  • heather
    August 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I moved into my home a year ago, and winning this giveaway might give me the push I need to finally repaint!

  • Kaci Tucker
    August 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I have so many walls to paint! Never tried Glidden, but would love to give it a go.

  • Meegan
    August 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I would love to update the color in my bedroom! I’d love something brighter and happier to wake up to.

  • char
    August 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    We’ve been in our home for 3 years and only painted two! This would be great to finish a few more rooms off the old to-do list!

  • Annie S
    August 20, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    We only have a few rooms left in our house to paint… we have owned it for nearly 3 years now. But the one than needs paint the most is the family room with its DARK 70’s wood paneling everywhere! The room is huge and the paneling is real wood that I am sure will soak up the primer/ paint. It is going to take gallons and gallons to cover it!

  • Valerie
    August 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    The green glass shades of the light fixture are amazing!

  • Bethann
    August 20, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    we repainted our entire “fixer upper” five years ago, mostly in a neutral shade & I would love to bring a punch of color into a room! I’ve never tried Glidden before but would love to try it out!!

  • Mary H.
    August 20, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Ooo, my living room is in desperate need of new paint. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Janna
    August 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I am about to paint a lot of walls in our house. We have a lot of unpainted wood as well and I’m looking for a good bright white but not stark. I will look into this one you used for sure! Thanks!

  • Pamala
    August 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    We are going on three and a half years with a half-painted stairwell (only as high as our arms would reach with a roller) and a single bulb hanging from a chain. I’d love to use this to kick start us into a lovely space– instead of the makings of a horror movie.

  • Hillary
    August 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    moving and I need paint. good paint.

  • Esha
    August 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I’m itching for a bathroom refresh, so a gift card would go a long way!

  • dulcie
    August 20, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I’d love to win $100 at Home Depot to paint my master bedroom!

  • Brittany C
    August 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • Jill
    August 20, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    We just bought a house so this would be great!

  • Kelly Keitzer
    August 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    we are moving to a new house so I have lots of stuff to paint!!!

  • Jessica
    August 20, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    We’ve been painting up a storm at my house – probably about halfway through. And yes, wading through 800 shades of gray has been a nightmare!

  • Laura
    August 20, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Hope I win! Want to repaint my kitchen cabinets.

  • Hope
    August 20, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    So fun! Would love to be able to give the bedroom a bit of a paint update!

  • Claudia
    August 20, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Love your decoration taste, and thank you for the giveaway!

  • Liz
    August 20, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    We’ve lived in our house for 6 years now with the “50 shades of beige” color palette of the previous owner. UGH! We painted our main living areas a lovely light gray this spring but I would LOVE to tackle the bedrooms next!

  • Haley
    August 20, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Inspired in part by you I painted the downstairs bathroom pink. It’s previously electric green state (the previous owners made some very bold color choices and we were in a hurry to paint every room downstairs before moving in) confused my eyes a bit and the pink is a little cooler than I wanted. I’ve been telling myself it would be crazy to repaint a bathroom one shade different but with a gift card that would cover the cost with money left over? I think it would be a justified project.

  • Katie
    August 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Are the swatches at the top for another project? All the colors look gorgeous.

  • Jody
    August 20, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    My daughters would love to paint their room-this would be wonderful!! Thanks for offering. :)

  • ellen casper
    August 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    This would be perfect timiing as I want to paint my master bedrrom

  • Tanya
    August 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I just bought my first home a year ago and am just now starting to look at painting the walls. This post really helps as Glidden has the gray I’m probably picking for my master bathroom!

  • alicia szemon
    August 20, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I would love to try their paint+primer colors! That is awesome that it is 2 in 1

  • Virginia (The Heartographer)
    August 20, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I’m so jealous of all those built-ins! But I sympathize with the not-too-stark thing, because we have tons of original mid-century teak-stained wood trim in our 1947 home. I’m torn between painting it and leaving it, since it’s so dang hard to undo once you’ve done it—but I think we’ll see how the walls look once they’ve been painted. I’d love to win some freebies to really motivate me on this project, too! :)

  • cathyv
    August 20, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Ready to give Glidden a try after reading your post!

  • Tara Campbell
    August 20, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    We are just about to put our house on the market and prepare to move. I’m sure there’s lots of painting in my future.

  • Brianne
    August 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    We have SO many house projects in the works, this would be super helpful!

  • Natalie
    August 20, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve been disappointed recently by some paint brands I’ve used, so thanks for the review of this one, I’ll keep it in mind for my next project

  • Aliciajuliane
    August 20, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Newly married and taking on a whole house to paint! This would be a great start :-)

  • Alexandra @ My Urban Family
    August 20, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I have not tried this brand before, but I have tried paint+primer in 1 and I will never go back! Our house is on the market now, so I’m sure we have more painting in our future :)

  • Danielle
    August 20, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Wowie – awesome giveaway! We’re in the planning stages of remodeling our tiny den and $100 from HD would be a nice boost – paint, tile and all that misc stuff that adds up so quickly. Thanks for sharing!

  • Megan
    August 20, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Oh, I would love to win this and try their Paint & Primer! I’ve always made sure to prime, then paint, but boy is that time consuming! A beautiful paint job is always worth the time and effort though. I’d love to see how their Paint & Primer cuts down on the work.

  • Gretchen Kelly
    August 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve been trying out multiple paint brands in my new house. I have to say, either I’m not very picky or they’re all good (the better quality versions within brands). Glidden is on the to-try list still.

  • Megan
    August 20, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I haven’t triednoutvthrbnee formula of glidden yet butbitbsoubds like it is great!

    • Megan
      August 20, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Oh goodness! Can’t text apparently. Should say “haven’t tried the new formula of glidden but it sounds great!” This would be very helpful to win since so much if my home needs painting. Thanks!

  • Rebecca
    August 20, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    We move into a new home in two weeks! We will be painting all the walls. It was a rental and even has colors that stop randomly (and at once place, not even in a straight line) in the middle of walls!

  • Brooke
    August 20, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    We still need to paint our 5 month old’s room! #secondkidproblems

  • Rebecca
    August 20, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Oh, what I could do with $100 at Home Depot!

  • Kelly Luczak
    August 20, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    we just bought a house. I still need to paint the hallway and front door!

  • sara
    August 20, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I need to paint an old dresser that was handed down to me from my aunt for our little boy’s nursery (he’s due this fall)…could put a gift card to Home Depot to good use!

  • Kirsten F
    August 20, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I just moved into a new apartment, so this would be great!

  • Courtney
    August 20, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I’m usually a Behr girl, but my search for the perfect peacock blue has led me to a Glidden swatch. I can’t wait to grab a sample.

  • jeanie
    August 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    home depot has rapidly become one of my favorite stores!! maybe even more than sephora (blasphemy I know) haha

  • Heather
    August 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I would LOVE some new paint for our basement! Home Depot is the only place we go for paint, they are so helpful and fast.

  • Vid
    August 20, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    This sounds great!

  • Emma
    August 20, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I know we’d like to paint the living room someday…the color right now is one we didn’t pick and it is nice, but could be nicer haha.

  • Crystal
    August 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    ohhhh, we’re close to reprinting our kitchen, this would come in handy!

  • Jennifer @NeverJustJennifer
    August 20, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Our Fixer Upper could certainly use some more paint. Thanks for the suggestion. I really like the price point.

  • Allison Lafferty
    August 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I would love to paint my boys’ rooms with Glidden!

  • Rebecca
    August 20, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I really like that color on the nursery walls!

  • Nena
    August 20, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I think this coming fall season I will FINALLY paint the living room & hallways. Love the color of the nursery — need a good white!

  • HS
    August 20, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I love the color theme of the nursery! Time to paint our living room.

  • Kristin
    August 20, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I always love your color choices.

  • Kelly H
    August 20, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I love the armoire! I find myself at Home Depot at least twice a week so a gift card would really come in handy.

  • Susanne McLaughlin
    August 20, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the tip about the Premium paint and primer combination. We are finally getting around to painting the small bedrooms in the 1911 bungalow we purchased 4 years ago. We’ve done a lot of bigger painting projects over the years, but we are older and busier now. I’m all about skipping a step if possible.

    We’re in Des Plaines, Nicole. I love your Chicago area posts.

  • andrea p
    August 20, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    you are so good at picking out colors – i wish i had that knack! thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ashley Marques
    August 20, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I am currently expecting a wonderful SURPRISE in Feb so am about to undertake a major room makeover. I was diagnosed infertile so had purged almost all things baby. I am getting ready to repurpose some furniture among other things so the gift card would be an awesome help in that project! :-)

  • Nicole
    August 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    How fun! My home office-slash-guest-bedroom in our rental is a horrible lime green with a hunter green accent wall. Ugh. I’ve been wanting to paint (the landlord doesn’t mind), but getting to do it without investing in it would be the perfect excuse to get it done!

  • Sarah
    August 20, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Love the color in Calvin’s room! …..and would love a gift card too :)

  • Lisa
    August 20, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    We just moved across the country and hoping to transform a dingy basement room into a cool office/homework room BEFORE school actually starts. This paint sounds like it would be need to prime AND paint.

  • Kerry
    August 20, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    We just bought a new house and we’re expecting a baby in January, so needless to say, there’s A LOT of painting in our near future … Well, my husband’s future, since I’m not allowed!!

  • Kim
    August 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I need to paint the furniture in my daughter’s room, so a HD gift card would be great!

  • Jen
    August 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Working on our long awaited basement redo. Going through tons of paint! Could def use a gift card and would love to check out the Glidden paint options.

  • Nicole
    August 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I just painted my bedroom a light blue color by glidden. It turned out amazing!

  • Elisa @ What the Vita
    August 20, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I’m always looking for the perfect paint color for projects and I haven’t really checked out Glidden’s color palette – I always look at Behr’s, for some reason. I will be sure to check it out the next time I’m at Home Depot!

  • Sara
    August 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I try not to complain about things, but I must disagree with your review of Glidden! I always use Behr from Home Depot, but this summer I repainted my son’s room with the Blackhawks colors and since I had to buy a bunch of paint, I thought I try a less expensive option. Worst decision ever. It was like putting water on the walls and it required 2 gallons just to get a bit of coverage. I will never use Glidden again for any project.

  • Mary
    August 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I’d love the gift card! I am painting an extra room right now, and its the first time I’ve reused a color in the house. I finally found my perfect shade of light gray, but haven’t yet found a great brand of paint
    I’ve had Valspar’s Filtered Shade color matched to a few so far, but coverage is not good.

  • June
    August 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Would love to start our bathroom renovation with a gift card to Home Depot!

  • Meegs
    August 20, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Ohh, awesome. We’re moving, so that would be very helpful!

  • arli
    August 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I would finally paint my bedroom, which is in desperate need of a paint job! Thanks.

  • heather f
    August 20, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    We are redoing our dining, living, bed AND kitchen. they all need paint. I have been agonizing over colors for weeks now! but it’s fun agony…mostly

  • Kelly
    August 20, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    This sounds great–and the gift card would definitely help fund my bathroom renovation that’s starting on Saturday!

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