Chartreuse Dresser: A Color Mixing Story

Chartreuse Dresser: A Color Mixing Story

This color mixing story is about Chartreuse, and a whole lot more…

Chartreuse Dresser: A Color Mixing Story

This fresh, vibrant chartreuse paint color was created using Miss Lillian’s NO Wax Chock Paint in LimelightOnyx , and Urban Farmhouse as well as Antiquing Glaze for enhancing corners and edges.

My Story of Chartreuse

No chalk paint brand has my favorite color! Honestly. How can chartreuse – the color I adore – not be a part of every paint line?! Even to paint my store I had to mix 2 different Benjamin Moore colors to get the right shade of chartreuse.

2022 Update! Since the posting of this blog Miss Lillian herself (Her name is actually Mariyn) not only created this amazing color for me, but she also named it in my honor! I mean how cool is that?!?! It’s Called Sue-Treuse and I’m in love. It just arrived but I will post a makeover for you with this color ASAP. I still love to paint in layers of colors so the rest of this post is still completely applicable. Y’all know I never paint in just one color but now I have my perfect base color.

I used to make all my own clothes but refused to learn to sew. Let me tell you, the fact I came home from school with my clothes intact was a bloody miracle. I was all style and NO skill, and I even learned to dye clothes when I couldn’t find the color I wanted.

I honestly can’t tell you whether it was more about achieving the vision I had in my head or the fact that I always had to walk to the beat of another drummer. What everybody else had, whatever was in style, or whatever was easy to purchase just wasn’t interesting to me. I know I just made things so difficult for myself sometimes. But the thing is, it never seemed like a choice. I was compelled.

Tanglewood Sue - To the beat of my own drummer

Are you like that too? Do you find it just impossible to go with the flow with style trends?

Every now and then there’s a perfect storm where the color I love actually gets its turn in the spotlight. It’s very rare but when it happens, I actually hate it. Sure, now every single thing I could ever imagine comes in my favorite color which should make me thrilled but it rarely does. Because now what is special to me will be “dated” or passé once Target has used it to death.

Well, I love a true chartreuse. It’s bold, it’s not yellow, it’s not green, and it’s not mustard or olive. Nature adores this color and it’s everywhere you look outside, but it’s a color most are scared to bring indoors.

Chartreuse Dresser Tanglewood Sue

Too intense or too bright? Not for me. I love how it pairs with grey or blue or even fuchsia. It just makes me happy!

Problem: Chartreuse is impossible to find.

That’s okay ’cause it gave me a problem to solve. And with Miss Lillian’s NO Wax Chock Paint, I did just that! I experimented with some pretty unlikely color mixes until I got my perfect blend.

Wanna Know How to Blend These Paint Colors Into Chartreuse?

I’ve included a few short videos here for you as well as links to the lives where my tribe and I painted this together online. If you prefer the skim and go version, this is it:


  • Miss Lillian’s Onyx, Limelight, and Urban Farmhouse (and now you can add Sue-Treuse!)
  • A variety of brushes (for maximum blending)
  • Rags
  • A Water Mister
  • Miss Lillian’s Antiquing glaze

Here are some easy links for you to get the supplies that you need:

Chartreuse Dresser - Before - Tanglewood Sue


Step One: Thoroughly paint your piece.

I’ve got a great video here for you on how to paint furniture fast and easy.

Step Two: Add a highlight or lowlight color.

Specifically, I went with Limelight to add boldly defined sweeps of color.

Step Three: Blend.

Once this is dry, I put all my paints right onto one plate and blended them right onto the actual dresser.

Did you know that black and yellow make olive green?

This was the perfect color for adding subtle shading throughout the piece.

Chartreuse Dresser - Tanglewood Sue

Step Four: Add a top coat.

Once you have the colors blended to your liking, you can add a top coat of your choice BUT it is not necessary. Miss Lillian’s sealant is built right into the paint. This way when you are done, you are done!

Note: In addition, I chose to add was a bit of antiquing glaze that I put around the edges and crevices to give it a truly aged look.

Now just stand back and admire.

Chartreuse Dresser Tanglewood Sue

Looking to Create This Color?

You’ll find LimelightOnyx , and Urban Farmhouse in my online shop. Don’t forget to grab some Antiquing Glaze while you’re over there. I used this amazing product to create depth around the edges of the drawers. So good!!

Chartreuse Dresser Custom Color - Tanglewood Sue

I mixed these colors and painted this dresser LIVE with y’all over on my Facebook page! I’ve compiled a Chartreuse Dresser Video Playlist so that you can easily follow along through each session. You’ll find all the tips and tricks there.

One last photo for you… doesn’t the Chartreuse Dresser look absolutely fabulous with my “A Hummingbird Flew Into My Painting” original art?! (Note: painting not to scale). The colors of nature really do love chartreuse!!

"A Hummingbird Flew Into My Painting" Original Art by Tanglewood Sue

To see more DIY painted furniture, check out this bright pink up-cycled dresser and this rustic dresser furniture makeover.

Tell me… is there a color you love but can’t find? Want me to help you mix it? Send me a picture and I’ll happily give it a shot. Thanks… and Be Kind Kiddos!

See This Makeover Live:

P.S. Here’s a PIN for you to pin! 🙂

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