Review: Bungaloo Zero-VOC Paint is a Winner!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a product review, and with good reason. I’m trying to be a lot more discerning about the products I review and present to you. This review isn’t technically of a “new” product, but one I introduced to you late last year: Bungaloo zero-VOC color liquid/paint. It is rare to find a paint company that offers base and colorant that are both zero-VOC. Mythic is the only other paint I”ve tested with this particular characteristic, and it performed really well. I was hopeful that Bungaloo would do the same, and I wasn’t disappointed.

After I wrote about the company, I reached out to them, hoping to find out for myself how the paint stacked up against other brands. I can tell you that Bungaloo is innovative straight out of the box. First, the paint isn’t sold in cans. It comes in plastic bottles, either in 40 oz. or 100 oz. As much as we try to avoid plastic packaging, I have to admit pouring from these bottles, which resemble laundry detergent bottles,  is a lot easier and less messy than pouring paint from a typical can.

I first received small samples of the colors I was interested in so that I could put a little on my walls and decide what color worked best. Trust me when I tell you that this is a great approach, particularly when buying paint online. Paint can look a LOT different on your walls than it does on your computer screen, or even in person at the store. The light and shadows in your room will affect the way the final color looks, so take the time to test so you won’t have to repaint because your gray has too much blue in it or your red is too bright.

My husband and I finally decided on two shades of yellow: In Bungaloo speak, that means Dominick (richer, golden yellow) and Caitlyn (paler complementary yellow). We initially planned to create some fabulous pattern on a feature wall using the two colors, but as you’ll see, we changed our minds. We wound up painting with just Dominick. We received a full painting kit, which included a 100 oz. bottle of each color, along with a painting tray, roller and cover, an angled paintbrush and a roll of blue painter’s tape. I, of course, forgot to take a photo of all this until after I’d already used them, but you get the idea. It was very handy to have everything I needed provided for me. Because we already had a drop cloth, all I had to do was line the tray with some aluminum foil so I’d be able to use it again, and start painting.

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In our previous apartment, which is where we were living when we received the paint, we planned to paint our entire master bedroom yellow. But after painting too many walls in that rental, only to move out a few months later, we didn’t want to face the prospect of having to repaint all our rooms here when we move out. So instead we painted one full wall behind the bed, and a fun stencil treatment on the opposite wall, which you can see in the photos. I also painted an old, hideous gold mirror yellow. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about having accent walls, but now that it’s done, I’m really happy with the way the room turned out. If you’re wondering why there are no “before” pics, that’s because I forgot to take one. Yeah. I know. Bad blogger! But you’ll get to see another before-and-after of our master later today. I promise.

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Now for the paint.

It is awesome! I painted the wall in my master with my daughter sitting 5 feet away on our bed watching a movie. I opened the windows just to be sure, but there was very, very, very little noticeable smell. Definitely the best I’ve ever tried in terms of odor. Again though, this is a completely VOC-free paint, with no VOCs in the base or the colorant. Coverage was also pretty awesome. I did a heavy first coat and let it dry for a few hours. Then I did a very light second coat, and it dried to a nice, even color.

Even though we chose the yellow when we were living in another apartment, the color turned out to be the perfect choice for this room as well. I’ve complained about the lighting situation, and even though there two windows in the room, those windows are both shaded for much of the day. The yellow really helps brighten up the space a lot, and when the lamps are turned on, the room literally glows. Overall, I was very, very impressed. We did sign a 15-month lease, so if we decide to paint any more rooms, I’ll definitely give Bungaloo another shot. Given that we have a full 100 oz. bottle of Caitlyn yellow that we haven’t used yet, I definitely see a furniture project in my future 🙂

UPDATE: Want to see our finished master bedroom? Click here!

Why It’s Green:

  • Paints contain zero VOCs (both colorant and base are VOC-free)
  • Bungaloo uses its marketing to support social causes, including green efforts

Price: $16.95-$27.95 for individual bottles in 40 oz. or 100 oz. volumes; $44.95-119.95 for kits designed to give you everything you need to paint a room

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  • Avatar thereasa gargano April 7, 2015, 5:29 pm

    I have been painting with zero VOC paint for years now. However, have never heard of this brand, where can I find it?

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