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Before: Past Its Prime

This poor house in Minneapolis looked as if it had seen better days before host Nicole Curtis got her hands on it.  

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After: Major Curb Appeal

A new green roof and a fresh coat of white paint bring this home back to lifeBut it's the small details, like the classic picket fence, that give the home character.

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Before: Blah Bathroom

As the only bathroom in the house, this sad space needed a lot of work.  

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After: Suite Escape

In order to create a full bathroom suite, Nicole removed one wall and connected the bathroom with the master bedroom. She was able to restore the original floors and reuse the beautiful claw foot tub.  

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Before: Boring Foyer

The entryway lacked pizzazz, but Nicole had plans for creating a much grander foyer.  

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After: Grand Entrance

A gorgeous stair runner with a delicate floral print adds elegance to this once-bland entrance. The restored original staircase and banister shine in the updated space.  

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Before: Blank Slate

This empty space was once a second bedroom. This blank space just awaited a fresh coat of paint and the perfect furnishings.

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After: A Perfect Match

Nicole chose pieces to complement the history of the home, such as this lovely antique wood desk, in this newly-created office space. 

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Before: Humble Vanity

The home's vanity looked pretty worn out, but Nicole hoped to bring it back to its original state.  

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After: Functional Additions

A coat of white paint, new hardware and a small sink make the vanity a functional and beautiful spot in this renovated bathroom.

Before: Hidden Beauty

The main feature in this room was the incredible stained glass window, which Nicole planned to highlight in her makeover.  

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After: Window Art

In her outstanding makeover, Nicole put the stained glass window on full display. To open up the space, she removed a boarded-closed door to the hallway, creating a walkway from the entry to the living room. 

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Before: Pitiful Porch

This back porch needed to be updated, but simple cleaning was the first order of the day.  

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After: Peaceful Retreat

Nicole swapped out the old porch walls and created a peaceful balcony, perfect for star gazing.  

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Before: Mystery Door

This bedroom was boarded up before the Rehab Addict team arrived, so it was a pleasant surprise to find such a spacious bedroom behind closed doors.  

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After: Vintage Decor

Nicole blended vintage pieces with thrift-store finds to create a space that reflected the home's historical style.  

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Before: Neglected and In Need

Built in 1923, this abandoned bungalow needed many repairs before it would be up to Nicole's standards.  

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After: Patriotic Porch

After a little spruce on the exterior, Nicole was ready to hang the American flag, as she does with all her completed projects.  

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Before: Unfinished Idea

Before they moved out, the owners of this home had plans to convert the attic into a master suite.  

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After: Dreamy Attic Bedroom

To make this attic the dream bedroom that was once envisioned, the space was first insulated and covered with sheetrock. After completion, the suite boasts a bedroom, bathroom and sitting area.   

After: Upcycled Heating

Near the bed, Nicole repurposed an old cast iron radiator by adding a small shelf to hold plants or odds and ends.

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Before: Catch-All Room

This downstairs living room featured original woodwork that simply needed a thorough cleaning. The damaged original wood floor required a complete overhaul. 

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After: Gorgeous Woodwork

The refinished wood floors add a warm, touch to this bright living room, and the built-in wood features reflect the home's traditional style.  

After: Eye for Detail

Lovely plastered flowers were in each corner of the living room ceiling. Nicole and the team were careful not to change a thing when it came to historical details.  

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Before: Day One

As part of the Wheels for Education Program, sixth grade participant Mariah Riley was awarded a total home makeover for good grades and meeting her goals. The catch? The team only had 9 days to do it!

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After: Outdoor Appeal

Beautiful landscaping and a lovely white and sage exterior are a welcoming sight at this Akron home.  

Before: Run-Down and Ragged

The bathroom was spacious, but with a stained floor, a torn curtain and no real storage, it was one of the worst rooms in the house.

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After: Fit for a Queen

After the makeover, the new bathroom features gorgeous double vanities, smart storage and a new toilet. The hexagonal tile flooring is an extra touch that makes the whole space feel more glamorous.  

Before: Basic and Boring

Before Nicole and her team worked their magic on this home, the front door lacked any hint of personality.  

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After: Visitors Welcome

When all was said and done, the home was a welcoming site with a fresh coat of paint and a new wreath that added a cheery note to the exterior.  

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BASEMENT: AFTER

A 1920s antique bar (from Nicole's Mom's garage) installed against the exposed brick walls creates the look of custom, built-in shelving.

Warm, Natural Touches in Living Room

Candles and a framed family pictures add a homey, personalized touch to the console table in the living room.

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Rehab Addict: Restored Powder Room with Wainscoting

As seen on Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis restored the powder room off the grand staircase to period appropriate style after it had been completely gutted. The wainscoting from the hallway and has been replicated and given four coats of lacquer for a classic feel. 1970s fixtures on the sink were replaced, and the gold painted basin was stripped back to the original porcelain.

White Shabby Chic Attic Loft with White Brick Wall

Weathered hardwood floor, an old green radiator and a white brick wall give this finished attic a charming shabby chic style.

A Place for Antiques

Antique dinnerware sit on this shelf in the newly renovated home by HGTV's Rehab Addict host Nicole Curtis.

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Rehab Addict: Restored Marble Fireplace Shines in the Study

As seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis cleaned the marble fireplace in the study and used marble polish for a high gloss shine.

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Rehab Addict: Restored Living Room with Neutral Palette

As seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis brightened up the living room of the Summit Avenue mansion by using a lighter stain on the floor and a neutral color palette throughout. The neutral shade of the walls helps showcase the mahogany woodwork, and the white silk curtains add a touch of elegance. Nicole used a mix of modern and vintage pieces to stage the room, and she replaced the 1970s wall sconces with period appropriate versions.

Built-In Appliances in Renovated White Kitchen

As seen on Rehab Addict, new appliances are tucked into a corner, surrounded by new cabinets. In order to keep something from the original home, Nicole Curtis was able to salvage the hardwood floors.

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As seen on Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis takes a break during renovation of the Summit Avenue mansion which was built in 1904, is 8,000 square feet and is located in St. Paul, MN.

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BEDROOM: AFTER

New knobs on the doors in the renovated bedroom.

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About the Host

Nicole Curtis

A self-taught home rehabber and designer with a passion for saving old houses, Nicole is also a mom and a master of salvage picking.
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About the Show

Nicole Curtis is saving historic houses, one broken-down fireplace at a time. Working in Detroit and Minneapolis, Nicole takes ramshackle homes from the wrecking ball to their original stunning glory. Whether it’s managing her rugged crew or wrangling city officials, this single mom wields her hammer with skill and returns condemned properties to their place as the pride of the neighborhood.
Season 4, Episode 15

Master Suite Madness

In her 1920s bungalow, the previous owner had begun work on a master suite in the home's attic space. Nicole picks up where they left off, adding insulation and a unique open bathroom. Ever on the lookout for pieces to rehab, Nicole flags down some scrappers and discovers they have the perfect claw foot tub for her bathroom.

Friday
Oct 17
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 4, Episode 1

Boarded Up Beauty

Nicole is on a mission to save vacant homes from the wrecking ball and her latest project is taking on a boarded up and previously condemned home from the late 1880s. The basement is full of structural issues, from rotten support beams and a crumbling concrete floor to the need for a new staircase that meets building code. Also on Nicole's list is turning the tiny first floor bathroom into a spacious powder room.

Thursday
Nov 13
1pm | 12c
Season 4, Episode 9

Cracked Pipe Kitchen

Work continues on Nicole's project in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. The 1920s duplex lower unit's kitchen and bathroom need a lot of work, and fire damage isn't the only thing causing problems. The main plumbing stack that runs between both rooms has a huge crack in it, causing years of water damage that has the wall crumbling at the touch. A room off the back of the kitchen seems to have no purpose until Nicole comes up with the idea to turn it into a home office.

Thursday
Jan 8
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 4, Episode 15

Master Suite Madness

In her 1920s bungalow, the previous owner had begun work on a master suite in the home's attic space. Nicole picks up where they left off, adding insulation and a unique open bathroom. Ever on the lookout for pieces to rehab, Nicole flags down some scrappers and discovers they have the perfect claw foot tub for her bathroom.

Thursday
Jan 8
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 5, Episode 13

A Room of Their Own

Nicole, LeBron and the LeBron James Family Foundation continue with their project to renovate a needy family's home into a renovated beauty. 11 year old Mariah deserves a room fit for a princess, just not a pink one! And her brothers will no longer share a room and get to pick their own colors for their own rooms. To finish on time LeBron's army of volunteers steps up, the family lends a hand and Nicole puts her personal touch on each room for these special kids. What will they say when they see their rooms?

Saturday
Feb 14
10am | 9c
Season 3, Episode 7

Salvaged Back Yard

Moving back outside, Nicole begins to clean up all the debris from the yard and comes up with a plan to use salvaged materials from the house to create a cute little back yard area. For the front entryway, Nicole exposes hardwood floors and dumpster dives in her own dumpster to find a light she can use.

Wednesday
Feb 18
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 4, Episode 11

Burned Out Bathroom

A majority of the fire damage to the Detroit house was on the second floor and Nicole takes on rehabbing the upper unit's kitchen and bathroom. Even though she has to retile the bathtub area, Nicole is able to save an original medicine chest in the bathroom. A visit to her grandparent's home reminds Nicole where her passion comes from.

Thursday
Mar 26
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 3

A Bright, Open Living Room

Turning a duplex back into a single-family home isn't always easy, but that's just what Nicole wants to do. Working to return the living and dining rooms to their original layout, she must first figure out where doorways have been closed off and ceilings dropped. Plus, there's a gorgeous stained glass window at the front of the house that will completely change people's perception of the property once it's fixed.

Thursday
May 28
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 3, Episode 6

Floors, Floors, Floors

Ever closer to finishing up the interior of the Dollar House, Nicole works in the bedrooms to put up all new walls and ceilings as well as remove the black and white linoleum flooring and patch up a burn mark in the hardwood. The staircase needs attention as well, so Nicole repairs some broken treads and comes up with a cool idea for how to turn an odd space into a storage closet.

Thursday
Aug 6
10am | 9c
Season 5, Episode 6

Brightening the Bedrooms

Nicole tackles the upstairs bedrooms and bathroom which have had their natural beauty covered in old wallpaper and fixtures. She brings out the beauty of the original birdseye maple woodwork in the bedroom, restores the two bedroom's fireplaces and removes the tacky kitsch from the bathroom. At another house, people line up to see Nicole's work and raise money for a fallen soldier.

Thursday
Oct 1
10am | 9c
Season 5, Episode 14

Mom's Oasis

Hard working mom, Nicole Curtis is on a mission to create a master bedroom for mom Melanie in the final episode of the Lebron James Family Foundation house. The attic room turns from an overheated dumping ground to an air-conditioned oasis in just a few short days. Nicole comes up with a genius and inexpensive storage solution in the awkward space and in just one week, the whole house is finished. Time to bring the family in, this is a reveal you don't want to miss!

Thursday
Oct 22
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 6, Episode 6

Kitchen Overhaul

When it comes to restoring kitchens, Nicole Curtis' rule is that it should look old and work like new! In her Grand Blvd. home, she has to work with a large kitchen that offers little wall space. After a couple of re-designs and some custom woodwork, she finally settles on a layout that allows for new, modern appliances while maintaining important design elements, such as the original upper cabinets. Despite some setbacks - including a literal hole in the wall - Nicole combines the old with the new to create a gorgeous kitchen that maintains its original charm while offering the comforts of the 21st century.

Thursday
Nov 5
5pm | 4c
Season 6, Episode 1

A Grand Exterior

Nicole makes a spur-of-the-moment bid and wins a house sight-unseen at auction. Will this Grand Boulevard tudor be a case of buyer's remorse? Nicole visits the 6-bedroom, 3-bath manor and falls in love with its historic details and rustic charm. With some new paint, a landscaping overhaul and custom woodwork, the former eyesore begins to look revitalized. By working with the home's original style, Nicole is able to enhance its curb appeal without losing any of its early-Twentieth Century grand beauty.

Tuesday
Apr 12
9am | 8c

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