Meaningful Makeovers with Team Depot

By Kate Riley October 28, 2014

*This post is sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation.

I’ve partnered with the Home Depot Foundation and their Celebration of Service campaign before (see this post) and I’ve been a fan of their philanthropic efforts for veterans ever since. In the two months between 9/11 and Veterans Day, Team Depot’s volunteers pool their talents to transform up to 1,000 homes for veterans. I like to call these kinds of efforts “meaningful makeovers” – the kind that matter to real people who are in need and in this case, the veterans who have served our country.

Giving back to veterans is important to The Home Depot since over 30,000 of their associates are veterans. This particular project took place in San Francisco at a home that is part of the independent living transitional housing program. It has served over 240 residents to date and is a place where clean and sober veterans can stay up to a year until they are positioned to find full-time employment.

team depot transitional housing

On a sunny fall day, the team took over the house and began a series of projects, outdoors they repainted the entry staircase railing and replaced the nonslip strips on the stair treads.

repainted steps new non slip treads


Out in the backyard, they upgraded all of the rear yard landscaping with weed blocker fabric, drip lines, low maintenance plants, and ground cover.

fresh landscaping


Inside, they assembled new dressers and beds for all of the veterans’ bedrooms.

furniture assembly

new beds


A few weeks before the team installed new kitchen cabinets, countertops, and appliances.

community kitchen


That day the team updated the community TV room’s furniture with new leather seating and a coffee table and the dining room with a new table and chairs.

new leather furniture


dining room furniture


New vanities replaced old ones in the shared bathrooms.

new bathroom vanity

new vanity 2


New blinds were installed on many of the windows.

new window treatments


Even the weathered Happy dwarf (the house mascot of 20 years) got a makeover.

happy makeover

 happy dwarf makeover


Downstairs in the basement and laundry room, I observed the step by step on installing a TrafficMaster Allure vinyl plank floor which I was excited to see in person since we will be doing it ourselves in a few short weeks in Grandma’s kitchen.

vinyl plank install


Thanks so much to Team Depot for inviting me to come to participate in this event and document these meaningful makeovers, it was great to see a group of volunteers transform a house in just one day!

team depot group

Bravo Team Depot for all of your philanthropic efforts that serve our veterans housing needs, read about all of this year’s projects at Team Depot!


team depot

*The Home Depot Foundation partnered with bloggers such as me for their Celebration of Service program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time, all opinions are my own. The Home Depot Foundation believes consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot Foundation’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.


  1. What a touching story — i can’t believe the media isn’t all over this type of effort . . . .

  2. Aw man, just day dreaming of having that crew go thru my house on a whirlwind weekend makover. Oh well, back to reality. All kidding aside, you gave me a great idea to do with my daughter, paint a garden gnome and proudly place it out front next to our door. Thanks, Fred.

  3. I have installed the traffic master allure vinyl planks in my husband’s office, we love it and everyone thinks it is wood! I got a sample piece and put it through the ringer to test its durability before we bought it. I hit it with hammers, ran over it face down with my car on gravel and the road, it held up to the abuse great. If it can handle that, it will be fine with my kids and dogs :)

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