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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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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.

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: 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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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The Newly Renovated Riley Family Home

Nicole Curtis, LeBron James and countless other volunteers finally finish the Riley family house, as seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict.

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 3, Episode 2

Faulty Foundation

With the Dollar House project an official 'Go', Nicole's first project is a major one: lifting the house to fix the crumbling foundation. Even though this means the brick chimney has to go, Nicole finds a way to reuse the old brick and begins to add a little character back into the living room.

Wednesday
Nov 26
8am | 7c
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
Nov 26
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 5, Episode 2

Distressed Dining Room

Nicole turns her attention to taking the pink and gold kitsch out of the formal dining room. Restoring the floors, swapping out sconces and repairing the stained glass windows take the room out of the 1970s and back to 1904. Meanwhile at another of her houses a buyer pulls out at the 11th hour causing Nicole to make some quick decisions.

Thursday
Dec 4
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 5, Episode 4

Living Room Cover Up

Nicole takes on the living room and study, restoring the rooms to their former 1904 glory by polishing up the original woodworking details in the rooms. She stains the damaged floors in the living room to cover up years of neglect and discovers a shocking surprise in the study. In the midst of renovation, Nicole finds the time to swap out her boots for high heels for a women's health charity event.

Thursday
Dec 4
8:30pm | 7:30c
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
Dec 18
1pm | 12c
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.

Friday
Feb 13
3:30am | 2:30c
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.

Friday
Mar 20
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 4, Episode 6

Revived Exterior

With work on the 4th Street house nearly complete, Nicole continues to fix up the neglected exterior. The decorative fish scales and siding need repair and the whole house deserves a fresh coat of paint. In order to give this house a second chance in the neighborhood, Nicole must also add some curb appeal by building a fence and taming the wild lawn.

Thursday
Aug 20
11:30am | 10:30c
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 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
Season 6, Episode 9

Jack and Jill Suite

What's Nicole Curtis' favorite kind of bathroom to renovate? One with almost entirely original fixtures! With the help of a 1920's mint condition porcelain sink, Nicole is able to transform the Jack and Jill bathroom in her Grand Blvd. home without sacrificing its antique integrity. Two bedrooms - one girl's, one boy's - lay on either side. After stripping the wallpaper, restoring the original oak floors and adding some new paint, the rooms are almost move-in ready. All that's left is for her son to stage the room with personal touches, and clean the unique Inglenook that provides a centerpiece for the boy's room.

Monday
Aug 28
7am | 6c
Season 7, Episode 1

Kitschy Kitchen

This is one of the largest kitchens Nicole has ever tackled, and it's her grandparents' kitchen. Built in 1956, the kitchen itself has been around for over half a century, but was unfortunately redone in the 90's, eliminating it's mid-century modern charm. Nicole wants to restore the ugly kitchen to how it looked when she was a child. New hardwood floors replace linoleum and Nicole designs custom, vintage-inspired cabinets to provide a nostalgic feel to the treasured room. Right down to a salvaged green phone, the kitchen begins to be reborn as it was in Nicole's childhood memories.

Monday
Oct 9
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 2

Pool Room Refresher

For Nicole's next project, it's gonna be sink or swim! The indoor pool that Nicole's grandfather built by hand is getting a much-needed refresher. First up, the safety and mechanical systems of the pool need to be overhauled to meet modern standards. The beautiful cedar ceiling and aquamarine walls are original so there is no way Nicole will change those, they just need a good wash and some new paint. In the biggest design challenge of the entire project, Nicole boldly replaces the original doors, which had been ruined with age, with giant glass garage doors to let in light and views of the surrounding countryside.

Monday
Oct 16
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 7, Episode 5

Apartment Refresh

Nicole's grandparents house sits on a sprawling 5 acre parcel. This apartment has a lot of sentimental value to the family, over the years pretty much everyone has lived there at one point or another, including Nicole! Taking a break from the main house renovation, Nicole tackles the apartment with a series of fun, chic changes that don't cost a fortune: fresh paint, refinished hardwood floors and wallpaper all contribute to bringing this neglected space up to date.

Monday
Oct 23
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 7, Episode 6

The Hearts of the Home

In this episode, Nicole Curtis tackles the heart of her Grandparents' home, the living room and dining room. The most "photographed" rooms in the house, these projects present Nicole with a very clear visual template to work from. Fixing the original fireplace and it's plaster moulding presents a relatively easy, if messy, challenge. Sourcing and replacing the iconic chandelier in the dining room with an exact match may prove an impossible task.

Monday
Oct 23
7am | 6c
Season 7, Episode 7

Mid-Century Bedroom Revival

Nicole Curtis tackles one of her biggest challenges yet, all of the original bedrooms in the home built by her Grandparents. Nicole is faced with a dilemma, the previous owners trashed the original windows and design, now it's up to her to fix their mistakes. Will Nicole be able to infuse life, design and personality into these ruined spaces?

Monday
Oct 23
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 8

Reclaiming The Rec Room

Nicole Curtis tackles one of the hardest spaces in her grandparents' mid-century home, the basement. With space at a premium, Nicole must battle water, structural problems, dilapidated windows and poorly placed duct work to turn a neglected area into a much needed gathering space.

Monday
Oct 30
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 7, Episode 9

The Basement Reborn

Nicole battles against several sticky issues in this episode. After an improperly winterized basement bathroom springs some serious leaks, she remains determined to rebuild the bathroom better than ever. Improving the layout, adding mid-century tile and a custom vanity, Nicole creates one of her most appealing bathrooms yet. But she doesn't end there, adding an egress window to the basement, Nicole builds out a charming and inviting basement guest suite.

Monday
Oct 30
7am | 6c
Season 7, Episode 10

One Extraordinary Exterior

As the renovation of Nicole's grandparents midcentury home winds down there is just one major obstacle left: the exterior. Nicole's grandparents literally built the home block by block so nothing short of perfection will do for the curb appeal of this property. Nicole adds gutters, a new driveway and entirely does the house in stucco, just like the original. To complete this magnificent transformation Nicole restores the original brick front porch and tops everything off with some tasteful, but stunning landscaping.

Monday
Oct 30
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 7, Episode 12

Red Barn Reborn

Nicole takes on her most personal project yet, her grandfather's red barn. The barn has fallen into disrepair and requires a great deal of structural work to make it safe and strong. Starting with an Amish metal roof, skylights, new gutters and a coat of paint, Nicole brings the exterior of the barn back to life. Inside Nicole removes part of the loft to reveal a beautiful cathedral ceiling and rebuilds a staircase out of salvaged wood. With the Red Barn finally reborn Nicole is ready to reveal the full renovation of her 50s midcentury ranch to the home's original builders, her Grandma and Grandpa.

Monday
Nov 6
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 7, Episode 13

A Surprise for Tessa Part 1

Nicole's doing a surprise home renovation for Bobby, one of her carpenters, and his family. Bobby and his wife Karen started renovating their house two years ago, but their daughter Tessa was diagnosed with cancer, and they turned their focus, time and resources on her treatment. This left them living in a house with a bare, gutted master bathroom and unfinished projects in the hallway and laundry room. Nicole invites Bobby, Karen and family over for a five-day staycation at her grandparent's recently restored home. Little do they know that Nicole and her crew will be finishing the renovation they started two years ago.

Monday
Nov 6
7am | 6c
Season 7, Episode 14

A Surprise for Tessa Part 2

Tessa and her family are coming home soon, and Nicole needs to finish their surprise home renovation before they do. She tackles the laundry room and hallway in the back addition of Bobby and Karen's house. Nicole reconfigures the layout, tearing down walls, moving plumbing, and adding lots of storage make the space more functional and practical. She also adds more shelving in the garage to organize the clutter. Thing get down to the wire as Nicole, Tessa's extended family, and her crew race to the finish.

Monday
Nov 6
7:30am | 6:30c

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