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 S
    August 22, 2015 at 10:17 am

    I love the colors used in these pictures. I need some paint to repaint my bedroom.

  • susan altfeld
    August 22, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Love the shaded fern with the crisp white trim

  • CK
    August 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Love picking paint colors! I could really go crazy with that gift card at Home Depot!

  • Gale
    August 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    i think I’ll try Glidden the next time I buy paint. The $50 a gallon I’ve been paying is to much.

  • Kelley
    August 22, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Love all of those pinks!!

  • Alex
    August 22, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Looking forward to painting our new place!

  • Amy
    August 22, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    i just picked up some of their paint chip booklets and I’m going to need a warm white so this post is just about perfectly timed for me!

  • Melanie
    August 22, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Seems like something always needs painting at our house….pick me! ;)

  • Tiffini
    August 22, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I would love to repaint our hallway–and stairwell. It’s painted a weird dingy white and the paint comes off when you scrub the wall! :( we used glidden in our bedroom (a beautiful jade green called “graceful green”) and loved the results!

  • Ali Celestino
    August 23, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Love your style it looks so amazing! I am in the process of remodeling our home we recently purchased I hope my results are just as nice as yours!

  • Dorothea
    August 23, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Appreciate the review on Glidden Paint – I’m thinking about repainting all of the walls in my house, so I read every review on paint that I find!

  • Ally
    August 23, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I’m using glidden paint soon to do my mom’s condo. A gift card would help!

  • cindy espinoza
    August 23, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I have happily used glidden paints many times and im planning more projects!thanks

  • ryan
    August 23, 2015 at 10:18 am

    need to repaint my guest bedroom and hall bath but have been avoiding the task for THREE YEARS. it’s time to get a move on!

  • Katie
    August 23, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I want to stop and paint every room in my house a different shade of pink every time I read your blog. :) For now, I will be happy with my pink painted closet and pink tiled bathroom… but my kitchen does need a new coat of paint to cover up the heinous paper bag tan that is on it from the original owners of the home.

  • Theresa Allen
    August 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I just finished painting my girls’ playroom! But I still have the master, hallway, and oh, the entire main living area to tackle bring on the paint!

  • Chelsey
    August 23, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    yes please!

  • Stephanie Coldwell
    August 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I love to paint!

  • Elizabeth R.
    August 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Just found a amazing dining table on the side of the road (!), that needs a little TLC. This post is giving me a lot of inspiration!

  • Michelle
    August 23, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing your review on glidden. That’s definitely sounds like a brand I need to keep in mind for future projects. Calvin’s nursery looks great!

  • Kristin
    August 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    would love to use this for our master bedroom update!

  • Emily
    August 23, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    As a new first time homeowner I feel like I spend my life looking at paint colors and making trips to home depot so you are speaking my language!

  • Dana
    August 23, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    We just purchased our first home and are painting fiends–bring on the gift card!! ;-)

  • Lisa G
    August 23, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Since buying our first home in Oct of ladt year hardware stores have been our date night/afternoon hot spots when we can snagg a sitter. This would be so awesome to win. Especially since our tiddler decided to start ripping the wallpaper off the hallway. We’ll have to paint now.

  • EmilyH
    August 23, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Oh, boy! I love me some Home Depot.

  • Bridgette
    August 24, 2015 at 1:15 am

    I’ve got the painting bug right now!!

  • Allison
    August 24, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I’ve used the Glidden premium a few times and really like it. Sometimes it’s nice to have limitations because endless choices can seem overwhelming!

  • Ashley C
    August 24, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I love these built ins, they are beautiful! What a wonderful room to paint :)


  • Amy
    August 24, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I would love to win this! We just bought a new house, and every room needs to be painted. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  • Liz M
    August 24, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I need to repaint my daughters room soon. She is over the pink.

  • Kris T
    August 24, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Need. To. Paint. We moved into our house last year and the previous owner painted everything the same color. Everything. Door, trim, windows, ceiling. I need white trim!

  • Emily
    August 24, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I’ve been paralyzed by indecision for a new paint color…so many good colors out there!

  • Haley W
    August 24, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Love this paint and the price!

  • danielle t
    August 24, 2015 at 10:32 am

    we’re building a new hous right now and we’ll be painting it all ourselves! I would love to try this paint

  • Stephanie
    August 24, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Love that shaded fern color!

  • Araceli Quintero
    August 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Have used Glidden paint at home and love it!

  • Christina
    August 24, 2015 at 11:48 am

    5 years after buying our house, we’re still at Home Depot at least once a week, a gift card would be fantastic. :)

  • Jill
    August 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I’m in the processing of skim coating every wall in the house (orange peel + 50 years of patches = blech), and changing the color from a brown latte to a nice creamy white with a hint of grey and shimmer. Loving it, especially against the hardwoods! The old wood ikea bedroom furniture was going to be painted a standard black, but have hesitated. Shaded Fern may be just the right color.

  • Lindsay
    August 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    We just purchased our first house and need to paint :)

  • Noreen
    August 24, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    We’re also in the process of doing a nursery! Next up: a simple mural. A gift card would definitely help as we pick out an array of paint colors!

    Also, LOVE that Shaded Fern color.

  • Emily
    August 24, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I love the Shaded Fern! And your styling is so pretty!

  • Ashley Bee
    August 24, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I just got a new upholstered headboard for my bedroom, but it competes a little with my existing paint color. I could use this gift card to fix the tan-on-tan situation! :) (Everyone knows changing the paint is a LOT easier than finding the perfect headboard, so the headboard stays.)

  • Deb
    August 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Just bought a new house…So many projects pending. A gift card would sure help!

  • Anne Barker
    August 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I have a new house that could use some paint!

  • Kelly P
    August 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    I have sooooooo much painting to do in my house & rental property (ugh!). I’d love to try Glidden. Sounds like primer + paint is just what I need.

  • Kim Winnubst
    August 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Love how just a gallon (or two) of paint can change the look of an entire room! Easiest update!

  • L
    August 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I need to repaint our front door

  • Candace
    August 24, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I actually just got a sample of Glidden’s Frosty Peach Ribbon to try out in my daughter’s room. We’re remodeling a 1950s ranch and could really, really use a gift card!

  • Erin
    August 24, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Never tried Glidden, but love the coverage I get from Benjamin Moore on our 1930’s plaster walls. I’ll have to give it a try!

  • shaunie
    August 24, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Love how you remodeled. This is a geat idea that has given me inspiration to remodel in our living room. I would love to paint the living room and redecorate the bedroom.

  • Ellen
    August 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Perfect timing! We’re tackling our new guest room and it needs HELP.

  • Joan Kubes
    August 24, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve been painting our basement.

  • Ellen M.
    August 24, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    My girls have been BEGGING me for a new color for their shared bedroom. 10 years with a pretty mint color. Maybe this contest will give them the change they want! :)

  • Elena
    August 25, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I love the pinks and corals!

  • Alexandra
    August 25, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Love the Shaded Fern color on the armoire!

  • Jamie Rowe
    August 25, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Oh, I need paint. Getting ready to paint my kitchen but I am agonizing over the color. It is a dark room. Like, need to turn the lights on during the day, kinda dark.

  • Em Mahr
    August 25, 2015 at 9:39 am

    We really need to paint our dining room and this gift card would really help! I love the Glidden has low VOCs!

  • Ro
    August 25, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Just moved into a new house. We are painting everything. This would be so helpful

  • Nicole
    August 25, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I have so many painting projects to do in our house before we have our first baby in February – this would be such a blessing!

  • Alicia
    August 25, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I saw Glidden’s commercial recently and have been wanting to try the brand. Would love to win this!

  • Laura
    August 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I just read that Glidden Gripper is a great low VOC primer and have been curious to give it a try. Thanks for the contest!

  • Kara G.
    August 25, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I would love to paint our dining room. Five years with builder beige is too long!

  • Brenda
    August 25, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Lisa
    August 25, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I just love how calvin’s room turned out!

  • Manette Gutterman
    August 25, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    My bedroom is 25 years past needing a makeover. This would help a girl out!

  • Jennifer G
    August 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    So many projects to do around my house…need more time (or a clone).

  • Jocelyn
    August 25, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Perfect timing for my bedroom redo!

  • Elizabeth S
    August 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I’d LOVE to win! I’m (slowly but surely) working on updating our home, and this would speed a project (or two) along!

  • Angela K
    October 5, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I just moved into a new house. Paint – yes please! Tips and tricks – definitely! Thank you!

  • emma
    February 2, 2020 at 1:48 am

    Can’t wait to see which white you decided on. We are about to paint our great room.

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