The hallway bathroom renovation is finally underway! And not a moment too soon if you ask me.
I know a lot of people start a renovation by ripping everything out and starting from scratch, but I just don’t work that way. I always start by figuring out what is already there that we can work with. This majorly helps with keeping the budget down, not to mention the renovation timeline.
But also, it just feels silly and extravagant to throw every single thing in a room out every ten years and start over because styles have changed. What a waste of materials and money!
Our current bathroom is incredibly dated and not particularly attractive but there is one thing it majorly excels at – storage. We have a pretty big vanity with six drawers and a cabinet under the sink. Plus is addition to that, we also have a large medicine cabinet and four cabinets on the wall over the sink and toilet. Which means even though there is no closet in here, there is more than enough storage for towels, toiletries, medicine, extra toilet paper, and pretty much anything else we could think of.
The big ol’ vanity is definitely being replaced – it is a laminate cabinet and the bottom is water damaged.
The medicine cabinet is also out of there. As nice as all that bonus storage is, it is just incredibly ugly.
Which brings us to the upper cabinets. Those suckers hold a lot of stuff and they are especially nice for housing all of our extra towels. But upper cabinets in the bathroom?
The part of me that wants a really pretty, updated bathroom just can’t wrap my brain around it. I’ve been scouring Pinterest and my favorite blogs and magazines to find beautiful bathroom ideas for our reno. And in the hundreds of bathrooms I’ve looked at, I haven’t seen a single one with big hanging cabinets like these. Not one.
Right now I’m seeing people ripping their upper cabinets out of their kitchens left and right. And while I’m so not ready to jump on that train, I’m also not sure I can make these work in the bathroom.
Do I really want to do a big bathroom renovation that already looks dated the first day it is completed? I could definitely do some major transformation on those babies with paint and new hardware, but even so, I just don’t know how fresh and updated it could realistically look.
But on the other hand, the storage!
What would you do? Knock them down without a second thought? Forget about passing bathroom fads and freshen them up as is? Replace them with something else?
Check out all the posts related to our DIY bathroom renovation including the final reveal below: