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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  • Megan C.
    August 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    My husband keeps saying he will paint our daughter’s room (pale pink) and our master bedroom (smokey blue) maybe winning a Home Depot card will encourage him.

  • Bonnie Hunter
    August 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I spent hours (actually several years truth be told) selecting the color for the living room in our 1921 bungalow. We sold it two months ago. The first thing the new owners did was paint the living room!! How could anyone now like “Sweet Daphne” green? Now we are once again surrounded by paint “chips”. Aaarghhh!


  • Dee
    August 20, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway ! Hoping to paint some rooms that need some love !

  • May
    August 20, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Beautiful! I love the way you decorate.

  • Dru
    August 21, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Paint is such a great way to update!

  • sheila
    August 21, 2015 at 12:20 am

    While I am in China for work this week, my husband is painting our entire living room/dining room/entry. I can’t wait to get home!

  • Kelly D
    August 21, 2015 at 1:09 am

    The woodwork in that room is great, and the color goes nice with it!

  • Cvjn
    August 21, 2015 at 1:21 am

    I have an office that needs painting… Fingers crossed :)

  • Anne with an e
    August 21, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Lots of rooms that need painting in our new house! Love the crisp white you used.

  • Karen H.
    August 21, 2015 at 5:38 am

    I’d love to try some Home Depot paint!

  • Krysta
    August 21, 2015 at 5:45 am

    My brother is in the process of recovering from a small house fire. The main rooms are being painted by the contractor, but I’m hoping to surprise him & repaint his bedroom for him.

  • Kate
    August 21, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I really like how the armoire turned out!

  • JC
    August 21, 2015 at 7:38 am

    The timing is ideal! I have a finished basement that is ready for an update and I intend to start with a fresh coat of paint.

  • AshleyB
    August 21, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I really, REALLY want to change our bedroom color. I picked it out a few years ago on a whim and have regretted it ever since. This would be perfect!

  • Janette
    August 21, 2015 at 7:45 am

    My dark living room needs a cheerful makeover. I would love to win the gift card and make it happen!

  • Allyson
    August 21, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I’d like to try this line of paint in my dining room.

  • Ellen from Ask Away
    August 21, 2015 at 7:49 am

    OMG this would be fantastic if I win because we need to redo our garage!
    Ellen Ross!

  • Tina
    August 21, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I am already a huge Glidden fan! And I have a new duvet waiting for some fresh paint in the bedroom. Pick me! Pick me!

  • karen
    August 21, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I am painting my dining room Antique White by Sherwin Williams right now! It is a creamy white. I would love to give Glidden paint a try!

  • Lindsay A.
    August 21, 2015 at 7:59 am

    I am working hard to stay content in a small rental (with my not so small family) that is in need of some TLC – painting will make a huge difference in our aging post WWII home that has seen very minimal updates over the years!

  • Barb
    August 21, 2015 at 8:06 am

    My entryway desperately needs some sprucing up with paint. I think $100 would cover the entire project and make me smile when I enter my home!

  • Megan B.
    August 21, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I recently bought my first house and this would be amazing! For every room I’ve painted, I’ve got just as many left!

  • Maggie L
    August 21, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I so need this! I am building a house right now and am sure will have things to do once I move in! Pick me, pick me!

  • Ellen
    August 21, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Something always needs painting in my 1890’s Victorian house! The Chicago season prints look great against the white walls.

  • Laura
    August 21, 2015 at 8:20 am

    My husband and I just recently finished painting our apartment with Glidden paint. I was very surprised and happy with how few fumes there were, especially since we live in an old building with only a few operable windows to open. Now that we’re done with the walls, on to painting my thrift store finds!

  • Kathleen
    August 21, 2015 at 8:21 am

    We just moved into s new home, and have been to Home Depot countless times!! I’m ready to paint our master bedroom!!

  • Kristin
    August 21, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I definitely have some rooms that could use a refresh!

  • Heather
    August 21, 2015 at 8:43 am

    We are moving to new to us old home and definitely need some paint!

  • Blai
    August 21, 2015 at 8:43 am

    i’m hoping to paint my living room a pale blue with grey undertones. i buy glidden paint all of the time and the results have been great!

  • Jenny A.
    August 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I love Calvin’s nursery! I desperately need to paint our living room and a Home Depot card would help.

  • Sarah
    August 21, 2015 at 8:50 am

    It looks nice – its always good to see reviews of paint, because I’ll admit i’m a bit of a paint snob, and very brand-loyal. I always buy SW super paint – Do you feel like it did as good of a job as the highest-quality paints? I always like that I can usually get away with just one coat of those paints, and with no primer.

  • megan
    August 21, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I am finally ready to paint the nursery so this gift card would be awesome!

  • Christine
    August 21, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I haven’t used Glidden in a long time. We have a number of painting projects coming up, so this would be a good time to check them out again! I love that most manufacturers have moved to no/low-VOC.

  • Marisa Weimer
    August 21, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I’ve enjoyed following your blog after stumbling upon it a few months ago. We moved about 18 months ago and I’ve not been happy with the color we chose for the living room…maybe I’ll get to change it sooner than I expected!

  • Sarah
    August 21, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I’ve got a growing list of painting projects around the house…these are great suggestions!

  • Cheryl
    August 21, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I’ve been wanting to paint my apartment since I moved in, this would be such a plus in my book. Finally getting the pale pink bedroom I’ve always wanted!

  • Brianna
    August 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

    After 5 years of living in my apartment, I finally painted the living/dining room. Next on the list? Bedroom! I would love some incentive to get it done!

  • Kate F.
    August 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I haven’t used Glidden paint in forever, and would love to give it a try again!

  • Heather
    August 21, 2015 at 9:25 am

    We have two very dark cave-like rooms downstairs that we still haven’t painted since we bought our house. Considering they both serve as offices, I’d love to finally make the rooms brighter with the help of some paint. A gift card would probably help motivate my husband to finally help. ;) Ha ha.

  • LISA
    August 21, 2015 at 9:36 am

    I’m a fan of Home Depot’s Behr paint, but I would definitely be willing to give Glidden a chance if it worked well for you!

  • Sarah
    August 21, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I was just telling my husband today that we have so many things in our little house that need painting/ repainting! It’s truly amazing the difference paint can make!

  • Jessica S.
    August 21, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I love the pink color palette! And, if I’d been in your shoes, I would have had a really tough time making a final selection.

  • Laura
    August 21, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I have so many painting projects but I’m overwhelmed and can’t get started. This will help. Thank you. Laura

  • Erin Ellis
    August 21, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Your nursery looks wonderful! Glidden helped you do a beautiful job! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  • yasmara
    August 21, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I want to re-paint our basement this fall/winter!

  • Sharon Flasche
    August 21, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Would love to win a home depot card, I really need to update my living room and the best place to start is wall color.

  • Megan
    August 21, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Would love a home depot card! I am starting a “mini kitchen makeover” which is quickly turning into more than mini, whoops!!

  • Alicia C.
    August 21, 2015 at 10:08 am

    We have been in our new house for less than a year so I still have tons of things I want to paint!

  • Jeanne
    August 21, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Love the idea of paint with primer – the coverage looks great and the colors ring true. I love painting projects in the Fall once the heat has subsided…kitchen, butler’s pantry, bedroom and bath…a tall order, but the Glidden paint looks like it can make the job easier and with stellar results. Thanks.

  • AdrienneB
    August 21, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Well, I just had my house re-painted, but I have plenty of furniture that could use a coat or two!

  • meg
    August 21, 2015 at 10:43 am

    since buying our house last year, we’ve painted every room but the bathrooms (oof, so much cutting in…) and tried out several brands of paint in the different rooms–gliddon, behr, valspar, benjamin moore…and–hands down–our favorite is gliddon. we’ve been raving about it to our friends who are also tackling painting projects! it smooths out SO WELL, and the coverage is wonderful. we really, really, genuinely love it.

  • Mel
    August 21, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I am currently in the process of selecting new paint for my kitchen, and it is so stressful!

  • Jessica
    August 21, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I feeel like I am always painting, so glad there are more low-VOC options!

  • Greta
    August 21, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I’m looking for the perfect neutral off-white shade for our walls, and now I’ll check out the Glidden line (specifically, Crisp Linen White). Thank you for the chance in the sweepstakes!

  • Jackie
    August 21, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Would love to win :) (And boy does our house need paint…)

  • Kim
    August 21, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I used Glidden paint + primer in one to paint my guest bedroom – I believe the color is America’s Cup Blue. I was amazed that it only took ONE coat, especially for such a dark color. The coverage is amazing and has totally made me a Glidden customer for life.

    (Here’s the room:

  • Kelly
    August 21, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Am ready to paint my living room/dining room before winter! Something about the approach of fall makes me want to paint things….. :)

  • Sarah
    August 21, 2015 at 11:34 am

    My husband and I bought a new house two entire years ago and I STILL feel like we spend all our money at Home Depot… what a great and much-needed giveaway! Fingers crossed.

  • Taryn W.
    August 21, 2015 at 11:46 am

    This is perfect as I’ve just realized we need to repaint a lot of our common areas since the kids have beat them up!

  • Heather
    August 21, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I would LOVE to repaint our master bathroom – I ended up with a color that is way more blue than grey – and the contrast is AWFUL with our deep charcoal colored master bedroom walls.

    And, I adore the deep shade you painted the armoire – but then again, I am a huge fan of deep, dark, saturated color.

  • Kelly Lee
    August 21, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I made a horrible paint color decision for my living room. Going to change it to a lighter color once I can afford it.

  • Caitlin K
    August 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I’m hoping to update my bedroom and paint is the #1 thing on my list!! A $100 gift card would be so helpful in achieving the bedroom of my dreams. :)

  • Hannah @ The Homesteady
    August 21, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    My wife and I are getting ready to start the house-searching process, and one of the things I’m MOST excited about is painting all the new rooms!!

  • Tiffany
    August 21, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Looking to repaint my 2 year old’s room from a buttery yellow that I’m no longer in love with…

  • Laurie
    August 21, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I would LOVE this gift certificate. When we moved into our 1916 foursquare house seven years ago I tested out paint swatches in the guest bedroom. And guess what … those stupid swatches are still there. If I win, I am painting that room! Thanks so much. xo

  • Megan
    August 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    We JUST bought our first home, and plan on painting every square inch!

  • Kristin
    August 21, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    We have used Glidden throughout our house since moving in 11 years ago! Works great, affordable, and has held up nicely. I recently thought I needed to repaint all of the trim but took a magic eraser to it and it looks good as new! Have a few more rooms I’d love to switch up, so this would come in handy for sure!

  • Kate
    August 21, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    We moved into our house a year ago and still haven’t done a thing to it (and it desperately needs it!). The walls are all that yellowed nastiness from ripping down wallpaper. They definitely need an update.

  • Kim
    August 21, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I would love to try Glidden pain. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Samantha packham
    August 21, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I’m planning on using white paint in the house we just started building. I don’t think I’ve ever used white before.

  • Jane
    August 21, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    We moved recently and painted several rooms, but not all. Thinking of repainting the master bath, which is currently mustard yellow (um, what were the previous owners thinking?).

  • kara
    August 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    glad to see some affordable options getting quality tested!

  • Ramona Putnam
    August 21, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I’m not sure I’ve used Glidden paint yet! I actually have a couple rooms that need painting and may give them a try. I always love your home inspirations. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Carley M
    August 21, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Recently bought my first home & everything needs paint!

  • Jennifer
    August 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    We have a couple of rooms left to paint in our house. I don’t know that I’ve ever used Glidden paint, but will give it a try! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kelly
    August 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    We painted our entire house before we bought it a few years ago to rescue it from some truly awful color combinations, but I’ve been itching to start painting a few rooms to start making them stand on their own.

  • Faith B
    August 21, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    How long ago was 1985? I think our guest room could use an update! Love the Glidden colors!

  • Heather
    August 21, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I am mid painting marathon with a bathroom finished but getting ready to start the master bedroom. This would be awesome. Thanks!

  • Charli
    August 21, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I’m currently looking to paint my entry hallway and my kitchen so winning this would be awesome!

  • Erin
    August 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Ooh, yes please!!! We are in the process of painting every room in our new (to us) house. The previous owners had the great idea that every wall in every room had to be a different color – I so wish I was kidding – so we need all the paint.

  • Veronica
    August 21, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Just bought my first gallon of glidden last weekend do update our bedroom ceiling! Hoping I like it bc the living room is next on the list!

  • Camille
    August 21, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    We’re trying to get a nursery ready -I feel that deep urge to nest and all I want to do is paint everything in our home to make it more cozy and welcoming.

  • Melissa
    August 21, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Awesome giveaway! Our home could use some fresh paint!

  • Laurie Giberson
    August 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Love seeing your décor updates. A Home Depot win would be great!

  • Kathy Green
    August 21, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Planning on doing some updating this Fall. Winning paint would help the budget!

  • kristi
    August 21, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I can’t say I’ve tried glidden but maybe next time I need to paint something I’d try it.

  • lillian
    August 21, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I have a couple of painting projects that this would be handy on!

  • Deb k
    August 21, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Yes yes yes!

  • Kate
    August 21, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    So… after reading this and with a big kick-off to our house renovation starting this weekend I went to Home Depot today and bought 2 gallons of Glidden paint. Ice Berg Blue and Minimalist White. I might not understand how a giveaway works. But I’m stoked to have NO VOC paint for my boys’ room and our bedroom as we expand our place!! (And I have more rooms to do, so, yeah, I’d love to win some more awesome paint!) Wahooooo! (and that’s my excitement without being high on paint fumes!)

  • Jennifer
    August 21, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Home Depot- my home away from home.

  • Susan Christy
    August 21, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I moved into a little house that needs some work, especially paint! I’m definitely going to use Glidden. Sounds like great paint.

  • Way Basics | Storage Cube
    August 22, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Great read! A fresh paint job can really make a room lit up. It’s really refreshing and never fails to brighten up a room especially if you will know how to keep a room organized.

  • Andrea
    August 22, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Needing a truly neutral gray for the wall behind our bed…thanks for the giveaway!

  • carly g
    August 22, 2015 at 4:09 am

    I would love to try this paint out in my living room!

  • Rhonda G
    August 22, 2015 at 5:02 am

    I have been trying to decide on a color for my half bath. There are so many beautiful options in this paint. I am sure I could decide on one eventually. :) Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Helena
    August 22, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Beautiful review!
    So beautiful photos!
    Sad the giveaway isn t opened to the internationzl..
    Anyway, I invite you discover my new blog, you re very welcome:

  • Theresa O'Donnell
    August 22, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I have a patched up wall that is screaming to be painted. This win would help in the motivation department!

  • Jenny
    August 22, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I practically live at Hone Depot!

  • Pamela
    August 22, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I’m about to paint my whole apartment – this gift card would be amazing. Thanks for mentioning the crisp linen white, this sounds perfect for some of the rooms. And now on to the overwhelming task of picking colors for the other rooms.

  • Zoe
    August 22, 2015 at 9:15 am

    A $100 gift card would be spent immediately in our household!

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