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TWO Vintage Bathing Machines

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas

Very pretty! We have TWO bathing machines today by 2 Design Team Members! Starting off with Laura Carson’s Vintage Bathing Machine, here’s some info about the beautiful color effects she added to the mermaids on the roof:

“I used chipboard mermaids to jazz up the roof.  First, I glued the chipboard to the two roof pieces then painted the roof with blue acrylic paint.

“Finally, I used a bristly paint brush to lightly brush on white acrylic paint.  I used one of the mermaids (painted the same way) for the center front of the roof.”

Many more photos and tips (like creating the custom beaded fringe covering the doorway) are on Laura’s blog post.

See everything Laura used to create her Vintage Bathing Machine in her Supply List. (And don’t forget to come back and enter today’s Giveaway — as ALL of the items from Laura’s Supply List are included!)

FREE GIFT! Note: In honor of Laura’s lovely Vintage Bathing Machine using this new Mini Vintage Beach Posters Collage Sheet (also designed by Laura, with tiny posters to decorate your own bathing machine), ALL ORDERS on Thursday and Friday, August 4th and 5th (2016) will receive one of these collage sheets FREE!

Next up: another lovely bathing machine, this time by Rhonda Secrist Thomas! I love the nostalgic feel to the colors and woodgrain patterns that Rhonda used (and all the historic photos and info about bathing machines spinkled throughout her blog post!)

“In Georgian and Victorian times (roughly 1714 to 1901), entire fleets of bathing machines were designed to prevent anyone from seeing a woman in her swimsuit before she slipped into the waves. They resembled wooden changing booths, with wheels and wooden steps that led inside.

“I know, my building looks like it’s actually aged wood. But it’s not. I just used this wood designed paper from the French Riviera Paper Collection. For the stairs and wheels I used the perfect matching Distress Paints and some crackle paint. It looks perfect!”

Check out Rhonda’s Supply List and be sure to visit her blog post for more beautiful photos!


Hooray for Vintage Bathing Machine Giveaway!

This prize includes EVERYTHING in Laura’s Vintage Bathing Machine Supply List!! That’s 10 items!!

And a Comet Matchbox Label Rubber Stamp (on cling foam! see photo at left. And: ooh… these were just put on clearance! See the clearance section here.

Bonus: One of the new Mini Vintage Beach Posters Half Sheets.

To enter the Vintage Bathing Machine Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, August 5, 2016)!

And tell me: What will you do with your Bathing Machine? Check out the comments from last Sunday’s post, as there were some great ideas!

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won Snake Oil Caravan Giveaway? That would be Deanne! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, August 4th, 2016

45 responses to “TWO Vintage Bathing Machines”

  1. Nancy S says:

    I just love this! I would incorporate photos of my Mom when she was young and looked like these bathing beauties!

  2. Cherry Koontz says:

    Queen Victoria used a bath house on the Ilse of Wright where she had a summer home…. It was a little fancier than Laura’s – but I like Laura’s better!!

  3. barb macaskill says:

    I would make a “Spa” for the fairies to get their wings refreshed and their nails and toes done at the same time!!! Such a cool base to build on!!! I know the fairies would enjoy a spa that comes to them!
    macaskillbarbara at yahoo dot com
    Congratulations Deanne!

  4. barb macaskill says:

    Sorry, had another great idea to add! This would make a great mobile Pegusas and unicorn bathing station! We all know that they get pretty dusty and dirty in their travels so what better than to let them know help is on the way!!! macaskillbarbara @ yahoo . com

  5. Rose says:

    I’d make my own version of the bathing machine. I love the idea and the giveaway is the perfect jumping off spot. Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  6. Ina M Good says:

    Bath house at the sea

  7. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    bravo…love these….

  8. Michelle says:

    I would make a witches travelling potion wagon. Love the ideas and possibilities.

  9. Kim Lucak says:

    A traveling circus would be cute!

  10. Kimberly Barcello says:

    I have the perfect 1930’s picture of my aunt in bathing attire. Would be perfectt!

  11. Traci says:

    I love the bathing machine reminds me of the black and white movies (w/o sound) and the people popping in and out of the bathing tents would love to give that a try. >^..^<

  12. Maggie M says:

    Oh, great giveaway! I would love to create a bathing machine for fairies to use. Fairies at the beach! Would LOVE to win this one:)

  13. Barb A says:

    If I didn’t finish it the way Laura did(which I love), I would make either a circus wagon or something with a Halloween theme.

  14. Karen says:

    Cute giveaway – it would be fun to create a fairy spa with potions and lotions from flowers like rosewater, using some of the little bottles with little labels.

  15. I love this! I am a member of National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) and in 2017, we are having a convention in Alexandria VA. The theme is “Come to The Circus”, so guess what I would make. Hope I win!

  16. Marilyn Hughes says:

    Hmmmm, now I’m thinking more along the lines of a haunted bathing machine! Halloween is just around the corner.

  17. Kee Ostler says:

    Oh the possibilities! I think that I would make a steampunked gypsy caravan. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  18. Love these! Can never have too many snake-oil vendors! And a haunted snake-oil vendor would be way cool for Halloween!

  19. Barb Striethorst says:

    I still need a bathing machine for my beach cabana!

  20. Lorna E says:

    Ii’d still want to make Professor Marvel’s wagon from the Kansas part of the Wizard of Oz.

  21. Jen R says:

    Still wanting to make a gypsy caravan

  22. Bonnie Bee says:

    Love this!!! Would love to win this!!! ;p

  23. Lou Anne says:

    I’d make a beach changing room with the bathing machine for a sea themed shadow box.

  24. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I would make a ice fishing hut.

  25. Nadine says:

    I would make some type of circus wagon!

  26. cg says:

    Love Laura’s work! I’d totally have to use mermaids on the roof….WOW!

  27. Marilyn says:

    I would use the wagon as a hearse.

  28. Margaret says:

    I am still stuck on the snake oil and potions cart. So I guess that is what I will do lol! It is so cute! Halloween and fall are right around the corner. I was just thinking it would make magical Christmas wagon for the elves! I can see the little wreaths and holiday treats for sale now!

  29. Karen Mallory says:

    I am thinking along the lines of making a fun looking attraction on one side and showing on the other side how the witch is trying lure in children as it is an oven in disguise!

  30. I love this I would def make a 3D collage with these items Thank you

  31. Denise Bryant says:

    In the mood for some fun Halloween stuff, so I’d make a haunted house!

  32. Jean Marmo says:

    Another fun project! I would make a bathing machine with photos of my twin sister and I. She would love it!

  33. Cheryl Lee says:

    Still in the mood for “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”!! lol

  34. Jan K says:

    I would make a luxury bath spa for mermaids. It’s an awesome give away!

  35. lynn legge says:

    I loved the bathing ones…but the shape and wheels remind me of gypsy caravans…so I would make it very colorful..and let my wanderlust take over

  36. Linda B. says:

    This girl from Kansas must make Prof. Marvel’s traveling wagon. So much creative talent on the AS design team.

  37. Elizabeth H. says:

    I would make a gypsy wagon with the kit.

  38. Carol Slowik says:

    Halloween will be here before you know it so I would make “ghosts of bathing beauties past”. Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Melissa M. says:

    Love all the traveling sales ideas. Maybe something for Halloween that’s a bit more macabre using those new Tim Holtz bones?

  40. Marykay chisum says:

    Wow!! Just WOW! Love it

  41. Mary Mac says:

    Bathing machine is super cute, but I would love to make a medicine wagon.

  42. Winnie says:

    Very cute! How about a haunted wagon.

  43. judy onofrio says:

    I’d make a gypsy wagon.

  44. Denise says:

    Ice cream stand at the beach.

  45. Luanne Shoup says:

    Gotta love Tim Holtz!