Right now we are in the middle of a complete bathroom renovation. We decided to demo it right down to the studs. We debated taking down the ceiling or not but decided to do it. I’m so glad we decided to remove the ceiling. The only things we are keeping are the door to the closet and the door to the bathroom itself. When it warms up outside we will sand them and then either stain or paint them and give them new hardware.
Luckily we found an amazing contractor.
Right before he was going to start putting up new drywall I made a collage of some old bathroom photos plus some pictures of the dogs. I laminated it and taped it to the wall where it would be covered in drywall. I wrote a short note on the back of the picture with the date and a few details. If anyone does another major renovation they will uncover the picture, and marvel at what a hideously ugly bathroom we used to have. (and how cute our dogs were)