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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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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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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.

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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.

Rehab Addict: Contemporary Furnishings in Sitting Room

As seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict, Nicole Curtis keeps the stunning, original structure of the upstairs sitting room while updating it with fresh and contemporary furnishings.

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Nicole Curtis, host of DIY's Rehab Addict on location in Akron, Ohio before renovating the Riley family home.

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Mariah and LeBron James

Mariah Riley posing with NBA player Lebron James. Mariah is a participant in the Wheels for Education Program under the Lebron James Family Foundation Promise Project. She earned a total home makeover for meeting all her goals and working hard in school.

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 16

Water Damaged Kitchen

The 1920s bungalow Nicole is working on had a roof leak for many years, causing severe water damage to the walls in the kitchen. Luckily, the floors are in decent shape and Nicole is able to keep the original wall sink. Nicole is able to cover the newly added HVAC vents with scrap material for an original look.

Thursday
Oct 23
7pm | 6c
Season 2, Episode 12

Living Room Revamp

Nicole repairs the hardwood floors in both living rooms of the Harriet Project and searches for replica tile to begin restoring a fireplace in the downstairs unit. With the crumbling plaster walls replaced, the front entryway is ready for a grand transformation. Nicole's son Ethan gets a babysitting job.

Thursday
Oct 30
6pm | 5c
Season 5, Episode 3

In at the Deep End

Nicole cleans up the swimming pool and converts some garage space into a much needed changing room area. Tapping into the sewer line causes more mess than she bargained for while Nicole also finds some time to take some swimming lessons.

Friday
Nov 28
12am | 11c
Season 3, Episode 5

Bathroom Rebuild

Heading up to the second floor, Nicole takes on the bathroom, one of the house's dirtiest and grimiest rooms. She brings it down to the studs, adding clean lines with white subway tile and re-purposes an old dresser into one of her signature vanities. Since the house was lifted, the front porch has been floating in space, so Nicole tears it down to begin rebuilding a new one, giving the house an inviting and classic look.

Thursday
Dec 4
3pm | 2c
Season 4, Episode 16

Water Damaged Kitchen

The 1920s bungalow Nicole is working on had a roof leak for many years, causing severe water damage to the walls in the kitchen. Luckily, the floors are in decent shape and Nicole is able to keep the original wall sink. Nicole is able to cover the newly added HVAC vents with scrap material for an original look.

Thursday
Jan 8
5pm | 4c
Season 5, Episode 12

Looks Are Everything

The interior is coming along beautifully and now it's time to give the exterior of the family house in Akron a facelift. LeBron and his kids spar off with Nicole in a duel of diggers to tear out the front steps and regrade the yard. A tricky design challenge makes laying the new path stretch late into the night, but it's all worth it come morning. Lebron helps put up the flag and now the family has a home they can be proud of.

Thursday
Jan 8
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 3, Episode 4

A Mantle To Remember

Restoring the first floor of the Dollar House continues as Nicole uncovers hardwood floors throughout the living room and dining room areas. The dining room hutch is still intact, but there's a whole new fireplace mantle to build ? and Nicole proves that a pile of scrap wood can become a thing of beauty.

Thursday
Feb 5
3pm | 2c
Season 3, Episode 11

Five-Star Foyer

Nicole takes the dark and dim front entryway and opens it up, removing soffits, repairing original stained glass windows, and hunting for salvaged parts to rebuild the fabulous staircase. She must also find a way to repair the front porch floorboards to keep them from falling off the foundation.

Thursday
Feb 5
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 4, Episode 5

Back Yard on a Budget

Nicole doesn't have much to work with in the back yard, but she's making the best with what she's got. Lifting up the garage to pour a new foundation beats the cost of building a new one from scratch. This house also needs a new roof, which is a first for Nicole on a project. Nicole picks a unique color to help make the house stand out in the neighborhood.

Thursday
Mar 26
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 4, Episode 10

Exterior Miracles

Tired of the house being an eyesore in the neighborhood, Nicole must remove all the debris left over from demolishing the burnt out house on the lot next door. Nicole tackles the exterior fire damaged areas by replacing the shakes siding and painting it to match the original color. The whole neighborhood comes out to help Nicole with clearing nearby lots of garbage and overgrown weeds.

Thursday
Mar 26
4pm | 3c
Season 4, Episode 2

Kitchen Cabinets Remade

Turning her attention to the kitchen, Nicole must get creative and figure out how to update and reuse stock cabinets that were in the house, turn old doors into new countertops, and repair the pine sub-floor that she's obsessed with keeping. She must also part with a previous project after it's sold to a new owner.

Thursday
Aug 20
9:30am | 8:30c
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Thursday
Oct 1
9am | 8c
Season 5, Episode 11

A Bathroom Fit for King James

Downstairs is done at the Akron, Ohio house Nicole is rehabbing with LeBron and his foundation and now attention turns to the bathroom. This bathroom is a gut-job but the saving grace for Nicole is a beautiful, old built in cabinet which she and her army of volunteers restore. Leaving her tilers for an hour or two Nicole gets dressed up and heads to a huge stadium event to welcome the basketball superstar back to Akron.

Thursday
Oct 22
8am | 7c

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