superdumb supervillain: Home Office Redux with Glidden Testers

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Home Office Redux with Glidden Testers

Remember those Glidden Testers I was contemplating? Who thought I would pick the Spanish Olive?

Me, too! Green is my favorite color, particularly pea soup green. Since my challenge was to break the color rules, however, I opted to forego the obvious. I loved the darker swatches but my office is pretty small with just one small window and I didn't want it to feel even smaller. In the end, I decided to go with the yellow: Glidden Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I thought the sunny color would open up the room and maybe even perk me up a little.

By far, the worst part of the repainting project was emptying my office. I knew I come from a long line of hoarders but pulling everything out of the room made me face up to just how much junk I've been keeping around for no reason. Cardboard boxes for example. How many of those do I really need to keep on hand instead of recycling them? Gee whiz! Look at how all of my detritus filled our living room:

Okay, so I forgot to take any photos of my "before" space before I cleared everything out. Trust me, it was bad. Like papers piled six inches high on my entire desk bad. This really needed to happen. Here's some proof of the stark whiteness of my office (the black dropcloth is covering my desk and computer):

You can see my sample paint swatches on the wall to the left:

I was really pleased with how easily the Glidden Brilliance Collection 2n1 formula cleaned off of the moulding since I am too lazy to tape before painting. It was also not very smelly and has low VOCs, which was great because it's been well over 100ยบ so there was no way I was opening the window. Painting was pretty straightforward, although it did take about three coats to get the opacity I wanted– possibly because I am not the most uniform painter in the world and tend to leave big streaks. Really, though, the biggest payoff was seeing how great the color looks with my stuff moved back in. Here's a picture from the same vantage as the first white walls photo:

It's a pretty drastic change, right?! I absolutely LOVE it. The color is a bit hard to photograph- I tried to take a photo of the full-screen paint selector from but the color is so bright that it throws off the digital camera's light metering. Heh.

I love how it looks with my Russel Wright vintage folding chairs and thrift store paintings. I need to hang them and get a bunch more out of storage.

The new color is making me giddy about decorating again. Check it out, I even put up some whimsical birdie decals!

Here's the view from the other door:

And my computer nook, where all the magic happens. Kind of.

I am really enjoying how non-neutral my walls are and how the color makes everything pop.

It makes a fun backdrop for all the little trinkets I've picked up here and there throughout my life. Time to break them out of their boxes and put them on display…

Wondering how the other Social Fabric community members took on the Glidden challenge? See everyone's results on the Glidden Testers website or search the hashtag #GliddenTesters on Twitter.

In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that this project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Glidden Testers/Paint #collectivebias. All opinions are, as usual, strictly my own.


  1. So this is the room where we "chat" with each other (my mind was saying "where the magic happens" as I was reading this, but then you actually wrote it in the post).

    I love the color, though I'm guessing it's not so neon as it is in the photos. I love greenish yellow tones. Great work! And your artwork rocks.

  2. Oh Natalie, I absolutely adore the color choice AND the whole new festive feel of the room. Just think of how much MORE creative you will be. And you'll be SMILING a lot! Awesome!

  3. Love the boldness of the color! Great job. I'm a huge fan of yellow, which is why my home office is a buttery shade. It's so happy all year long.

    Great great job and thanks so much for sharing.



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