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.

Nicole Curtis

Rehab Addict Host Nicole Curtis

Nicole Curtis, host of Rehab Addict on HGTV and DIY Network.

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Lauren Ariel Noess

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."

Antique Green Radiator Shelf

Repurposed Radiator

Since the old heating system was ripped out, this cast iron radiator was converted into a shelf to commemorate the original structure, as seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict.

Photo by: Lauren Noess

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

View of the Dining Room from the Living Room

Refinished Hardwoods & New Furnishings

Nicole Curtis removed the old carpet to reveal beautiful, original pine floors. The refinished hardwoods plus the new furnishings work together to make the living and dining rooms comfortable, functional and stylish.

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Matthew Allen/AP Images

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."

Bright and Sunny Sitting Room After Restoration

Rehab Addict: Stunning Sitting Room After Renovations

Upstairs sitting area at the Summit Avenue mansion after renovations, as seen on DIY Network's Rehab Addict.

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Photo by: Mark Teskey

Mark Teskey

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."

White Kitchen with Gray Backsplash and Counter Top


After, this bright, white space features hardwood flooring that was hidden under the dated vinyl. The original backsplash tile has been cleaned, and a black border bridges the gap between the tile and the new Cararra marble countertops.

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Photo by: Andrew D Myers

Andrew D Myers

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.

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"Take the time to do things right."

White & Gray Transitional Bathroom With Pedestal Sink

Shared Bathroom: After

Nicole renovated the shared bathroom to reflect the home's 1913 style, as seen on HGTV's Rehab Addict.

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Andrew D Myers

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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