With Alyssa’s 13th birthday fast approaching, I decided that the perfect gift would be a hope chest. So I spent a couple of days scouring Craigslist and was able to find this chest for just $42! (And I didn’t have to drive TOO terribly far to get it!)
I already have copies of The Hope Chest: A Legacy of Love and The Hope Chest – Vintage Wedding Guide to Preparing Bridal Trousseau, but we’ve never looked at them. 🙂 She is still reading through Beautiful Girlhood.
I plan to rehab the chest a little bit. I’m going to paint the lid black (it has a large stain in the middle) and use a stencil to put a gold design. I may end up painting the whole thing black – I haven’t decided yet 😉
For those who don’t know what a hope chest is, here’s a quick explanation –
A hope chest legacy is vast and far reaching. Some of the items in a hope chest may include practical things such as treasured table cloths, china, pillowcases, blankets, quilts, aprons, cookbooks, dish towels. It also may include~ worthy books, letters of wisdom, Bibles and even beloved hand written journals.
This will be a labor of love for the coming years, adding pieces that Alyssa will one day use in her own home with her own family. I told Emily that I would have gotten her a hope chest, but by the time I came in the picture, she was already out on her own. I do give her things that I *would* have put into her hope chest, though. ♥