I won The Home Depot 2021 Orange Tank Competition at Haven Conference and
remodeled my basement studio’s bathroom to make it wheelchair accessible for my brother. This blog post is sponsored by The Home Depot
I can’t even believe I’m saying this, but today is REVEAL DAY! This bathroom remodel has been in the works for a long time, between planning, shopping, shipping, and executing, and today is the day I get to show you the finished room. There were some surprises, some changes, and a lot of mistakes along the way, but once all the dust settled (get it?) I got to step back and tell myself “I just remodeled a bathroom!” In case you missed it, here’s the post I wrote explaining how I got this generous collaboration with The Home Depot and my design plans for the bathroom conversion.
Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Project Scope
- Reframe Doorway To Fit 36” Door
- Replace Toilet With ADA Compliant Height
- Replace Vanity With Floating Vessel Sink
- Install Motion-Activated Touchless Faucet
- Install Tiltable Mirror
- Replace Flooring With Marble-Look Luxury Vinyl Planks
- Cover Walls With Peel And Stick Tile
- Replace Baseboards And Add Decorative Moulding
- Replace Acoustic Ceiling Tiles With Decorative Panels
- Install Wheelchair-Height Towel Hooks And Grab Bar
- Replace Light Fixture With LED Energy Efficient Wall Sconce
- Install A Shelf For Storage
Before And After
Can you even believe this is the same room? I am still pinching myself that I did this. I have never done a full remodel of anything this scale before, and I’m honestly super proud that I pulled it off. I did hire a plumber to install the toilet and sink, and a handyman to install the door and help with a few problems, but aside from that, I did all the other work by myself.
Don’t you think the black and white contrast is the epitome of luxury? And can you even wrap your head around the fact that a tiny 5×6 foot bathroom can have the word luxury tied to it? I seriously sat on that marble LVP floor for almost twenty minutes just looking at every detail of the room this morning. I’m that in love with it.
You can see the full remodel, more photos, and details on how to make a bathroom wheelchair accessible in this blog post on HomeDepot.com.
Fun Facts About The Bathroom Remodel
-I had the old ’90s Sabrina The Teenage Witch episodes on in the background the entire time I worked on the bathroom. Even when the plumber and handyman were here. I started at Season 1 Episode 1 and just let it roll. It was so much fun to get that childhood nostalgia vibe while stretching my DIY skills.
-I made quite a few changes. We originally planned on having a sliding barn door, but ran into a few issues. The one we used was a replacement. I picked out a different light fixture but it ended up being way too big next to the mirror.
-I planned on bringing the tile all the way to the ceiling, and I installed it that way on two of four walls. But I realized it was too stark with all that white tile so I removed it 1/3 of the way down the wall and painted the top third black. It felt like a big waste of a day to undo and redo those walls, but it was worth it.
-I modeled the bathroom after our dining room. White walls and black ceiling. Clearly I have a type…
-I still have almost a full box of flooring leftover. It can’t be returned since it’s not a full set, so I’m already brainstorming where I can use it next.
-My friend Erin from Top Shelf DIY also won in my category of the Orange Tank. She’s remodeling her living room and we have talked almost daily throughout our projects to keep each other sane.
-Not so fun fact: When we took down the ceiling tiles, a lot of mouse poop and dried up crickets fell on our heads. Ew. Our pest preventative provider thinks they’re all old and there aren’t any rodent problems in the house now, but he put deterrents out just in case.
Planning A Bathroom Remodel With Home Depot
I’ll admit, planning a bathroom remodel can get a little overwhelming. Especially for someone who has never remodeled a bathroom before. I spent almost a week watching the How-To videos on The Home Depot’s website and reading tutorials on The Home Depot blog. I measured the room at least four times and plugged in calculations in the The Home Depot App™’s Tile Calculator. And I arranged for Home Deliveries for almost all of the supplies so I could keep them all organized in the garage during the renovation.
I was really impressed that The Home Depot offers so many features and services for beginners like me, and I felt pretty confident about what I was doing the whole way through. Would I say I’m a professional bathroom remodeler now? Absolutely not. But if a friend asked for help with her bathroom renovation, I could definitely show up and offer some extra hands now.
Shop My Studio Bathroom
- Ceiling Tiles
- LED Wall Sconce (I painted it black)
- Prehung Door 36×80
- Matte Black Door Knob Set
- 12” Shelf Brackets
- Frameless Tiltable Arched Mirror
- Matte Black Towel Ring
- Behr Marquee Totally Black Paint
- Peel And Stick Herringbone Tiles
- Basket For Hand Towels
- Vessel Sink
- Matte Black Touchless Faucet
- Marble Vinyl Floor Planks
- Grab Bar
- Tall Height Toilet With Push Button Flush
Erin Devine says
It turned out so beautiful Lela! The photos and video with your brother seeing the final reveal just warm my heart. Also, I’m going to hire your husband to be my official reveal door opener – he brings such joy to the role 😂
Lela Burris says
Thank you Erin! Nigel loves to add as much flair to his 5 seconds of screen time as possible. Haha!