Michelle Obama might be aiming for a career in interior design once she leaves the White House behind. First, in February of this year, the first lady revamped the Family Dining Room of the presidential home, and now she's tackled the .
According to , the grand dining space was refurbished with new arm chairs, side chairs, and draperies. Though modest, the changes, which were revealed today, bring a fresh feel to the room, which was last updated in 1998 during the Clinton administration, presumably at the discretion of then First Lady, Hillary Clinton.
It's safe to say it was about time the space was given a 21st-century refresh. Blue and ecru striped window treatments replaced floral-printed drapes (shown above), and understated, custom-made mahogany side and arm chairs took the place of ones upholstered in golden-hued fabric. The carpeting was updated in 2012, with the newest additions coordinated to its delicate color scheme.
So what does it cost to make over a space that plays host to some of the most influential and important political figures from around the world? The final total was $590,000, with the expense being paid for by the White House Endowment Trust.
With Hillary Clinton running for president, it will be interesting to see what she thinks of the new State Dining Room should she find herself living in the White House once more.
Take a look at the new design below.