April Colors of the Month – Mustard Seed Yellow & Lucketts Green

April is here and with it brings two new gorgeous colors to feature!  Whenever someone mentions Spring, we automatically think of the color green.  It’s simply where our mind goes.  With that image in mind, it’s only fitting that our first color for the month of April is our very own Lucketts Green.

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This shade of green got its name and color inspiration from the green siding on the Old Lucketts General Store.

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Marian was a vendor here for years and still sets up a booth at The Lucketts Spring Market every year.

Lucketts Green is the perfect color to add a pop of vintage charm.

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Thanks to Allison at The Golden Sycamore, we can show you what it looks like with our various finishes.  We just love that she makes these photos available to her customers and readers!

Lucketts Green Finishes

Our second color for the month of April is our buttery Mustard Seed Yellow.

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It’s bright without being too bold and is the happiest shade of yellow, in our opinion!

Marian was inspired by one of her yellow dresses and she painted a dresser to match!  Watch her feature here:

Mustard Seed Yellow looks amazing when paired with dark wood tones, like this dresser by Karla and Amanda of Vintage Hip Decor.

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Check out how Jenn of Eight Hundred Furniture paired Mustard Seed Yellow against a Curio/Typewriter stained interior on this gorgeous wardrobe.

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Mustard Seed Yellow can be lightened to achieve a whitewashed look with our White Wax, or deepened to show age and time with our Antiquing Wax.  It also darkens and takes on a more rich tone when Hemp Oil is applied.

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Here are some inspirational pieces from other MMS Milk Paint enthusiasts and retailers that showcase April’s colors of the month.

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BE INSPIRED | lucketts green dresser

Circa Dee

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Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

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My Painted Door

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D.D.’s Cottage and Design

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We hope you are feeling all of the Spring vibes like we are, and feel inspired to use our featured colors to move mountains in your home!  Share your masterpieces with us on social media by using our hashtags #mmsmp and #mmsmilkpaint.  Tag us on Facebook and Instagram too!

5 TIPS FOR DECORATING WITH ORANGE

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With the launch of our newest color Outback Petticoat, I wanted to share some ideas for the orange-afraid out there of how to integrate the color into your home! We’ll be the first to admit, it’s a bold choice! However, Marian put a lot of work into getting the color just right. It’s a bright, bold color but one that pairs well with lots of other more common colors.

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  1. Pairing orange with neutrals is a great place to start! Soft grays, beiges and creams work perfectly with a stand out color. Since the orange has nice, rich, warm undertones, work in that vein as you pick the perfect neutral to pair it with!

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2. Pair with deeper colors to balance out the boldness. Two bright colors together can be chaotic, but if you pair a bright with a subdued hue, the colors will bring a balance to one another rather than fight each other. As far as I’m concerned, you can never go wrong with a good navy and orange combination.

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3. Insert pops of color in unexpected places. I love how this cabinet uses orange for the interior but still keeps a nice, neutral color on the exterior! This huge piece painted in all orange would certainly be obtuse in the room, but by giving just a pop to the interior, this piece still boasts interest while flowing with the rest of the room.

4. Start small. If you’re really afraid of color, just start with a few pops around the room. These stools photographed above fit the modern, architectural vibes of this room while bringing a punch of color. They are small enough that they don’t take all the attention away from the whole room but still catch the eye at a glance.

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5. Antique your piece. If you’re painting a piece with Outback Petticoat and are still a little unsure about it working in your space, consider giving it a good sanding and apply some antiquing wax to dim down the bright pop of color. That way, you’re still achieving a statement while working with what you already have in the space.

 

BEFORE + AFTER | dining room table

We acquired this dining room table from my in-laws when we first got married and while it’s not ideally what I would love to have, it fits the space we have and has served us well the last three years of marriage! It came to use bare and needing a bit of love, though. I really wanted to have a high contrast between the top and bottom, but I didn’t feel like the patina of the table had that really rich, dark, just pulled out of a barn vibe that I was looking for.

So started by covering the whole table in a coat of stain I made by thinning out 2 parts Curio and 1 part Typewriter. After, I followed up with a thicker coat of the same on the top and three coats of Farmhouse White on the legs.

In between coats on the legs, I applied a small amount of the 100% Beeswax to specific spots where I wanted to see distressing. This made the sanding process a whole lot easier and gave me some gorgeous crackling around the legs!

Next, I went and lightly sanded the top of the table. I wanted to smooth out any signs of fresh paint and also let some of the grain come through. I was really happy with the patchiness that happened. And I was really happy with the color contrast between the top and bottom!

Someday, we’ll have a budget and room big enough for my dear farm table, but until then, this little guy is serving his purpose and looking great while doing it!

 

Miss Mustard Seed’s Hand Painted Stencils

Miss Mustard Seed’s Hand Painted Stencils are now available!!

These are stencils that are cut directly from Marian’s (Miss Mustard Seed’s) brush strokes.  The feathering of the bristles and inconsistencies were retained, so the designs actually look hand painted when used on a piece.

Here are the designs available in the line…

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And here are pictures of some of our retailers showing off the stencils…

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You can see how pretty and simple the designs are and what a nice touch they add to pieces of furniture!

Are you ready to dust off your 1980’s stenciling skills?  Because stencils are back!

This is not a required product for our retailers to carry, so call for availability.  To make it easy, here are some of my retailers who have them in stock online…

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Susie’s Art & Antiques – Texas

Painted Furniture & Decor – Wisconsin

Five Thirty Home – Indiana

Urban Barn Home – Pennsylvania

The Purple Painted Lady – New York

CANADA

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AUSTRALIA

For the Love Creations

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GERMANY

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We’ll be giving MMSHPS away on the @mmsmilkpaint Instagram today, so be sure to enter to win!

FARMHOUSE WHITE FARMHOUSE CABINET

Loving this Farmhouse White Farmhouse Cabinet by Stacey (Embracing Change)!!

Connect with Stacey and find so much inspiration on her Facebook page, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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I was pretty excited when I spotted this antique hutch for sale – she was perfectly lovely – pretty and with amazing character.
I didn’t hesitate in buying her at all – I figured I could worry about that missing glass in the door later.
Her turned legs and carved details got me!
I knew right away I wanted to paint her white- ironically since I just blogged about how to choose color for a piece and painting with white in my last blog post.
Sometimes you just KNOW what color a piece needs to be and I knew this gal needed to be white.
She would be stunning!

I was right.
She is A-MAZ-ING!

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I painted her in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Farmhouse White (no doubt!) – I added just a bit of Bonding Agent as I was open to a little chipping if it happened.
I painted on many coats to be sure I had full coverage – the whites often take many coats.
It was well worth it though.

In distressed her generously and then sealed the entire cabinet in Miss Mustard Seed’s Clear Wax.
Oh my word … how I love that wax!
I forgot just HOW much I love it – I frequently use Hemp Oil to finish my pieces, but I went back to the wax for this one.
Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax is fantastic…it is soft and smells very nice and it seals up a piece beautifully with a great clear coat which can be buffed to a pretty sheen.
You have to try it if you haven’t!

I painted the inside of the hutch with a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Schloss with some Trophy to deepen the grey.
The inside is also sealed in that awesome wax.

I added chicken wire to the front door to add farmhouse charm – I really love how perfectly suited it is!

Lastly, I rooted through my stash of hardware and found the most perfect antique cut glass knob on the door – I keep all my old hardware from pieces to recycle later and this is where that one came from.

That knob was the finishing touch.

This antique farmhouse hutch is pretty fantastic if I do say so myself!

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She available for sale at Blue Dandelion by Tiffany in Strasburg if you are interested!
The shop also carries Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints and Waxes as well so you can pick some up to try out on your own projects :)

I would love if you PINNED my cabinet and showed a little love :)

BEFORE + AFTER | schloss dresser

Happy New Year, everyone! I don’t know about you but this time of year can be tough on me. It’s not just the short days and getting up in the morning while its still completely dark outside, it’s also taking down all of the lovely Christmas lights I have up in the house. During the Holidays I have enough white lights up (upstairs & downstairs) that I literally don’t need to have regular lights on in the evening. I find the light from white Christmas lights so comforting that I don’t mind the fact that it gets dark before 5 pm.
And then comes January.
The lights come down and I can get a little…sad. I know I’m not alone in this. My first plan for fixing this problem is to move Christmas to the end of January instead of the end of December – more time for the anticipation and build up and less long dark winter on the far side of the Holiday. Are you with me???
So far – that one hasn’t caught on…
Instead, I’m keeping some of my white lights up year-round. Last year I got a bunch of lights with white wires instead of the traditional green wires – and they go a long way to improving my spirits in the long dark evenings. I even love the look of them around my kitchen windows during summer evenings as well!

On the positive side of January and taking down all of the Holiday decorations is that lovely cleaned out feeling it provides. It’s a perfect time to clean and organize and maybe even to makeover a useful piece of furniture that just isn’t making you as happy as it could. I bought this dresser from a woman who was redoing most of her house and who had some really amazing authentically old painted pieces that she was keeping. In comparison, this dresser, which she was using for kids clothes right up until I came to pick it up, just didn’t measure up in the charm department.

I was pretty sure I could fix that…

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Since I can’t find a fully unpainted “before” picture (sorry!), take a look at this closeup – and check out that bright reddish finish! The dresser wasn’t in bad shape – a little flaky on the drawer fronts – nothing broken, busted, or loose. It’s not super old but it is old enough that it’s made entirely from real wood and doesn’t have any metal (or plastic!) sliders for the drawers. It’s well made, super clean, and all of the moving parts work perfectly.

But that red…

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And here’s the real problem with all of that red-ness. It’s not just that it’s unpleasant – because that’s completely subjective. Some people might really like that tone. There’s an awful lot of furniture out there that looks like this – so folks were obviously very much into it at some point. The real problem is that once you do any amount of sanding on a piece like this the red stain will bleed through whatever paint you try to put over it.

In some cases – as with the top surface of this dresser – you can keep on sanding until all of the red stain is gone and that solves the problem. As you can see from the pictures, I decided to paint the top of this dresser but I could have stained it in a color I liked better – because I was able to remove all of the red with simple sanding. Once I started to do some sanding on the sides of the dresser I realized that I wouldn’t be able to get it all (the sides are made of a different sort of wood) and that I would likely have a problem with bleed through.

And here is what it looks like when you ignore what you know about refinishing and painting furniture and try to paint over it anyway…

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And it doesn’t matter how many coats of paint you put on there – it. still. comes. through.

There are a couple of different ways to deal with this problem. I was in a hurry so I decided to try some quick drying spray shellac that I have. One very light coating – that dries in under and hour and I was good to go. I was very happy that I hadn’t done any sanding to the drawer fronts – even though they were a bit flaky. I decided to apply my Milk Paint directly with no prep work at all.

I added a set of antique glass knobs that came with another piece I bought a long time ago. You can see that piece here. Those knobs were not original to that dresser and they looked pretty silly on there. I cleaned them up – but only a little – and added them to this new project.

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Personally, I love that they still have all of the character of their long lives on them. You can buy new knobs like these – but I always feel like they’re kind of uninteresting. It would be pretty easy to get all of the paint splatters off and even paint the centers…but I really like them better this way.

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The end result is a beautiful clean piece with just the tiniest bit of chipping, and careful distressing, perfect for the quiet January feel of my house. The color is Schloss, which I find to be quite close to Trophy, but just a bit more of the brown/beige family in there with the grey and overall a little lighter.

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And just because winter is dark and we all could use a little more light…

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I’m not keeping this one though…it’s for sale.
Bizarrely – I realized recently that I don’t have ANY of my own painted pieces in my house! And I have a few VERY good candidates around here (that I already own!). And personally I LOVE painted furniture – so I’m honestly not sure what’s going on there.

Hmmm…I feel a series coming on…

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MMSMP on Instagram

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE seeing all the MMSMP inspiration on Instagram!  Check out these lovelies!

We’d love to see what you’re doing on Instagram.  Don’t forget to use #iheartmilkpaint #mmsmilkpaint #chippygoodness

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A Hemp Oiled Vintage Wagon

Hello Milk Paint lovers!  This is Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture.  How many of you have experienced the transforming power of Hemp Oil?  How many of your milk paint projects have been taken to the next level with this clutch product?  How many dried out, cracked, and faded wood pieces has it hydrated and brought back to life?  How many metal pieces received a new luster right upon application?

Oh, I could sing the praises of Hemp Oil for days.

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On second thought, that might take a little bit. For now, I’ll just show you how it added a new luster to a sweet little vintage wagon instead!  (Plus, I can’t really sing.)

I picked up this adorable red wagon during my last trip to Strasburg, PA.  I always make a loop to visit local MMSMP retailer, Blue Dandelion by Tiffany, and then I hit a few of my favorite antique shops.  This time, I really scored!

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Isn’t it so cute?  Can’t you picture it under your tree stuffed with presents, or outside on your porch surrounded with freshly fallen snow?  OOH!  How about an assortment of potted plants in the Spring?  (Can you see why I snapped it up right away?)

The patina on the wagon was beautiful, although it was faded and worn.  It was a perfect canvas for Hemp Oil to shine!

Imagine these wheels all shined up and the brackets deepening to a silver gray.

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Picture this original red paint turning more vibrant. wagon-7

Can you see it?

I used one of my porcelain shaving cups to pour out a good bit of Hemp Oil and then grabbed one of my foam brush applicators.  I always pour my Hemp Oil into a separate container so I don’t contaminate my main bottle.  I purchase Hemp Oil by the gallon (no joke) because I love it so much and I use it all the time.

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Working on this wagon was like a mini Christmas present to myself.  I absolutely love watching Hemp Oil hydrate old faded wood.  If you’ve ever used it, you know exactly what I’m talking about!

I started on the place that would have the most impact – the red walls of the wagon.

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Oooh la la!

Folks, I’m seriously obsessed with Hemp Oil.  You couldn’t even tell that there was a “RADIO” logo on the sides until the Hemp Oil hit it.
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Here’s the front gate:

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Look at the front…hitch?  Axel?  I’m not an expert on wagon parts, but look at the difference in the metal!wagon-6

The handle was shining up nicely too.

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Everything was looking absolutely amazing!

wagon-2 The wood that made up the body had details in the grain that you couldn’t even see until the oil hit it.
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From start to finish, this took about 30 minutes to hydrate.  I didn’t even have to wipe the Hemp Oil off because the wood was that dry.  After I applied it, it was practically dry to the touch.

Look at how shiny the wheels are now!

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Check out the before and after to get the full impact:

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Oh Hemp Oil, how I love thee!

SWEET ARTISSIMO SERVER

Such a beautiful Artissimo Server by Stacey (Embracing Change)!!  See all the details here and stop by her Facebook page.

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So I purchased this sweet fella with his big sister which I just showed you in the last post…

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He is so stinkin’ cute!
I loved his look and great pulls…
I wanted to spruce him up a bit, but he really didn’t need too much.
Just a little paint ;)

I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Artissimo ( a deep navy blue) with the Bonding Agent added.
With some distressing and a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil, he is looking pretty fantastic.
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St Mellion French Inspired Dresser

This is such a beautiful dresser by Sam Taylor, The Cornish House Interiors!  Swing over to her site to see more gorgeous pieces.

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I often travel the length and breadth of the South West of England seeking out perfect furniture finds to refinish or renovate.  Last week was no different when I paid a trip to Truro – Cornwall and the UK’s most South Westley city, and a place where I’ve had many successful vintage furniture hunts previously and where I just love to return.

There’s something a bit special about Truro.  It’s so vibrant and lively but still very Cornish and it’s one of my favourite places to mooch around and marvel at the architecture, history and eclectic mix of galleries, café’s, shops and eateries.

Although Truro is officially classed as a city, it really doesn’t feel like one in many respects.  Full of character, independent stores and quirky boutiques tucked away down a myriad of Georgian streets.  For me, it offers an intimacy only a thriving market town can.

The sole purpose of my visit this time was to meet up with a potential new client to run through an interior design project, and while I was down there, I couldn’t resist the urge to go into the heart of Truro and soak up some of its energy and atmosphere.

Whilst taking in the sights and generally just enjoying the culture of the area, I stumbled across a really lovely French inspired dresser packed away at the back of an antique market I’ve visited many times in the past and often sourced some wonderful treasures from.

Today was no exception.  I pulled the dresser out with the help of an assistant to get a better look and assess her potential.  She, the dresser, stood quite tall at about 5 ½ feet and I just couldn’t get over her rustic French / Cornish charm.

I asked the assistant if she knew anything about the furniture’s history.  Unfortunately, all she knew was that it belonged to a local carpenter who had made it many years ago for his wife to use in their family farmhouse, but now they no longer had a need for it.

I walked around the dresser, and although she has been put together very simply, I was immediately taken with her elegance and appeal.  Without further ado, I paid the store assistant and we both ‘woman handled’ her into my van.

I don’t often get an overwhelming urge to suddenly start work on a piece.  This was a little different though somehow.  I already had a mental image of how the dresser would look transformed.

Of course I get excited about certain pieces and can’t wait to transform them.  It’s fair to say sometimes I start work on projects not knowing quite where it will take me.  That’s the great thing about refinishing a piece of furniture – it doesn’t have to be quite so organised as the rest of my work.

I’ve been using a lot of chalk paint recently on furniture refurb projects but being an avid follower of Miss Mustard Seed and her milk paint success, I really wanted to get back to milk paint at some point.

Until fairly recently, it’s been pretty hard work to get hold of MMS milk paint here in the UK, but after a bit of research and having spoken with Marian herself, I managed to source a stockist and place an order.

Marian Parsons (aka Miss Mustard Seed) has been such an inspiring influence over the years and I’ve been keen to try out her own milk paint line.  Now I had the perfect piece to do her lovely paints some justice, I couldn’t wait to get started!!

Working with milk paint is quite different from the chalk paint that is so popular in the UK.  It comes in powder form and stored in an easy to use re-sealable sachet.

What a lot of people don’t know is milk paint isn’t a new invention, in fact it’s one of the oldest techniques for applying paint.  Normally made from all natural, non-toxic, ingredients that contain milk protein, limestone, clay and natural pigments, they are very eco-friendly and Miss Mustard Seed products are no exception.

You basically mix the powered paint with a combination of one-part water and one-part milk paint in a container, and Au Voila! It’s ready to use.

As my dresser had a very light sheen applied already, I decided to add a little bonding agent to my milk paint mixture to ensure it gripped the wood as I needed it to. I wasn’t sure at this stage whether I wanted to distress the piece, so adding bonding agent to your milk paint before you start, enables the paint to adhere to surfaces without prep, paint peeling, bubbling or any natural distressing occurring.

One of the first notable differences you take on-board as a professional furniture painter, is the thinner texture to milk paint compared to that of chalk paint.

This works well for many reasons. The first being that sometimes you only want a slightly paint washed opaque look to a raw wood piece of furniture and milk paint applies this effect effortlessly.

It also requires little or no sanding during layers and the organic distressing element that can take place with milk paint on raw wood that’s had no bonding agent applied, looks natural and very beautiful.

This time round I did want more coverage to the piece, so applied three good coats of MMS milk paint to the dresser (or there about) until I ended up with the finish I was looking for.  I wanted to continue the European feel of my dresser through to its colour and opted for Bergere on the outside and Grain Sack on the inside.  I was amazed how far my little pot of mixture went and how striking it looked when fully absorbed.

I finished the dresser with some white wax and once dry, applied some light distressing with fine 160 grit sandpaper around her more prominent areas where natural wear and wood reveal might occur.

I found Miss Mustard Seed milk paint very malleable and easy to work with – even to the point of being able to combine it with other milk paint colours for different effect.

Other than making sure the paint is well mixed at the beginning and during the painting process, I found it gripped to my piece well and very subtly enhanced it as I added each layer.

I very much enjoyed my milk experience and it reminded me how much I had missed working with it.

The end result?  This very beautiful St Mellion dresser.