Are You a Rehab Addict? Check Out 5 Design Rules Nicole Curtis Never Breaks

Steal these tried-and-true home remodeling tricks from the queen of rehab.

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Rehab Addict Host Nicole Curtis

Rehab Addict Host Nicole Curtis

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HGTV's Rehab Addict is so...addictive! One reason why? Host Nicole Curtis' penchant for restoring old homes without cutting corners or wasting materials is a refreshing shift from the usual "gut it all" approach to home renovation. Why buy something new when you can restore something old for less? Whether you're planning a vintage restoration of your own or are just a fan of the show, read on to learn five tried-and-true design mantras that the queen of rehab never breaks.

"Only garbage goes in the dumpster."

Repurposed Radiator

Repurposed Radiator

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Lauren Noess

Nicole saves EVERYTHING. When a new heating system was installed in this 1920s bungalow, the old cast iron radiator was repurposed for use as a bedroom shelf. By reusing and recycling, she saves thousands of dollars on her projects and maintains as much of the home's original integrity as possible. 

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Beat-Up Bungalow

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Brick Beauty

Crumbling Mess

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Fit For Flowers

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Drab Dining Room

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Wonderful Woodwork

Buffed Out

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Rehab In Action

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Inviting Space

Antique Accessories

Extra Seating

Attention to Detail

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Unfinished Business

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Selling Point

Mixing Elements

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Down to the Studs

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Charming Restoration

Repurposed Radiator

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Prospective Bathroom

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Stylish Sauna

"Figure out what was there, then do your best to restore it or replicate it."

Refinished Hardwoods & New Furnishings

Refinished Hardwoods & New Furnishings

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A Room of Their Own

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Nicole is adamant about preserving a home's original architecture and charm. You'll often find her stripping carpet or paint to expose the authentic beauty of the wood or stone beneath. By doing so, she saves money on building materials and boosts the home's value. In this Akron, Ohio home, she peeled back dirty carpet to reveal gorgeous pine hardwood floors.

Get Nicole's tips for restoring hardwood floors:

Salvaging Hardwood Floors 01:47

Nicole shares expert tips to salvage and restore original hardwood floors.

"Trends will come and go, so stick with a classic look that matches the era of your home."

Rehab Addict: Stunning Sitting Room After Renovations

Rehab Addict: Stunning Sitting Room After Renovations

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The only modern or "trendy" pieces Nicole implements in her homes are those that can be easily replaced, such as furniture or wall decorations. She aims to keep all other features original or as true to the original era of the home as possible. In this stunning sitting room, beautiful vintage-inspired furniture is a pretty complement to the original bird's-eye maple trim and white oak hardwood floors. 

"Keep it simple."

KITCHEN: AFTER

KITCHEN: AFTER

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Nicole forgoes over-the-top color and accessories, relying instead on the inherent beauty of a home's architecture to make a big statement. In this small kitchen, sleek stainless steel appliances and a custom live-edge bar fit the scale of the space and add a modern touch without overpowering the original white cabinets, backsplash and hardwood floor.

See the transformation of this 1913 Tudor

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NICOLE'S LATEST RENO

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THE EXTERIOR: AFTER

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THE EXTERIOR: AFTER

JACK-AND-JILL BATHROOM: BEFORE

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JACK-AND-JILL BATHROOM: BEFORE

JACK-AND-JILL BATHROOM: AFTER

JACK-AND-JILL BATHROOM: AFTER

POWDER ROOM: AFTER

POWDER ROOM: AFTER

POWDER ROOM: AFTER

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POWDER ROOM: AFTER

POWDER ROOM: AFTER

DINING ROOM: BEFORE

DINING ROOM: BEFORE

DINING ROOM: AFTER

DINING ROOM: AFTER

DINING ROOM: AFTER

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DINING ROOM: AFTER

BASEMENT: BEFORE

BASEMENT: BEFORE

BASEMENT: AFTER

BASEMENT: AFTER

BASEMENT: AFTER

BASEMENT: AFTER

BASEMENT: AFTER

BASEMENT: AFTER

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BASEMENT: AFTER

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BASEMENT: AFTER

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BASEMENT: AFTER

BASEMENT: AFTER

LIVING ROOM: BEFORE

LIVING ROOM: AFTER

LIVING ROOM: AFTER

LIVING ROOM: AFTER

LIVING ROOM: AFTER

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LIVING ROOM: AFTER

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LIVING ROOM: AFTER

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KITCHEN: BEFORE

KITCHEN: BEFORE

KITCHEN: AFTER

KITCHEN: AFTER

KITCHEN: AFTER

KITCHEN: AFTER

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KITCHEN: AFTER

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BEDROOM: BEFORE

BEDROOM: AFTER

BEDROOM: AFTER

BEDROOM: AFTER

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BEDROOM: AFTER

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THE STAIRWELL: AFTER

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"Take the time to do things right." 

Jack-and-Jill Bathroom: After

Jack-and-Jill Bathroom: After

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A little elbow grease goes a long way. Nicole simply scrubbed and repaired the original tub and tile in this 100-year-old bathroom to create a beautiful, high-quality space at half the cost. No demo necessary.

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Before: Past Its Prime

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After: Major Curb Appeal

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Before: Blah Bathroom

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After: Suite Escape

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Before: Boring Foyer

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After: Grand Entrance

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Before: Blank Slate

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After: A Perfect Match

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Before: Humble Vanity

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After: Functional Additions

Before: Hidden Beauty

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After: Window Art

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Before: Pitiful Porch

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After: Peaceful Retreat

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Before: Mystery Door

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After: Vintage Decor

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Before: Neglected and In Need

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After: Patriotic Porch

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Before: Unfinished Idea

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After: Dreamy Attic Bedroom

After: Upcycled Heating

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Before: Catch-All Room

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After: Gorgeous Woodwork

After: Eye for Detail

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Before: Day One

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After: Outdoor Appeal

Before: Run-Down and Ragged

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After: Fit for a Queen

Before: Basic and Boring

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After: Visitors Welcome

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