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Michelle Obama Unveils Refurbished White House Dining Hall

The White House opened its doors to the newly refurbished Old Family Dining Room, and First Lady Michelle Obama decided to celebrate by surprising visitors during a morning White House tour. According to NBC News, the dining room has a fresh coat of paint, new golden metal wall sconces, and a black and white Anni Albers rug.

According to the White House blog, the dining room was established by President John Quincy Adams in 1825 as a place for his family to have meals together. It served as a breakfast room until 1961 when First Lady Jackie Kennedy converted the space into a dining hall, and it's been used as staging during state dinners ever since.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Jenna Bush Hager, one of the first daughters of former President George W. Bush, celebrated the opening by surprising tour guests. I'm sure they were all excited to see the refurbished dining hall, but even more so to see the First Lady.

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The Old Family Dining Room is seen after its renovation at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The nearly 200-year-old Old Family Dining Room has been added to the White House tour route for the first time in White House history. It was recently renovated and will be a showcase for 20th century art and design, the White House said. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The Old Family Dining Room is seen after its renovation at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The nearly 200-year-old Old Family Dining Room has been added to the White House tour route for the first time in White House history. It was recently renovated and will be a showcase for 20th century art and design, the White House said. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The Old Family Dining Room is seen after its renovation at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The nearly 200-year-old Old Family Dining Room has been added to the White House tour route for the first time in White House history. It was recently renovated and will be a showcase for 20th century art and design, the White House said. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
State Dining Room in the White House during the renovation, 01/23/1952
Obama marks the beginning of Passover with a Seder with friends and staff in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder Dinner for family, staff and friends in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House March 25, 2013 in Washington, DC.
US President Barack Obama samples a baked zucchini fry August 20, 2012 in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House after dropping by the East Room for the Kids' State Dinner.
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder Dinner for family, staff and friends in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House March 25, 2013 in Washington, DC.
First lady Laura Bush gestures while showing off some of the new White House China Service, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
President Barack Obama holds a working dinner in the White House
President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. From left are, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Rep. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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