White House upgrade: First lady's done a lot with the place

WASHINGTON (AP) — She's done a lot with the place.

Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency.

There's refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room, repurposed draperies in the Green Room and restored furniture in the Blue Room. And those are just some of the home improvement projects the first lady has overseen to keep the well-trod public rooms at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. looking their museum-quality best.

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The Oval Office of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. Park Service employer paints the White House during a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The West Wing lobby of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Roosevelt Room of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Picture of Franklin Roosevelt is seen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The West Wing lobby of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The West Wing lobby of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Roosevelt Room of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Presidential desk is seen in the Oval Office of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Presidential chair (higher than others) is seen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
A chandelier is seen outside the Oval Office of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Oval Office of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Oval Office of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
A worker walks past the South Portico porch stairs of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
A worker cleans the South Portico porch stairs of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The South Portico porch steps of the White House are seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Roosevelt Room of the White House is seen after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
New wallpapers are seen in the Oval Office of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
The Presidential chair (higher than others) is seen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House after a renovation in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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Some of the projects were long overdue.

Sunlight streaming into the Red Room had left some of the wall fabric "so faded it was almost pink," said Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association, which helps finance upkeep of some rooms in the 132-room mansion. First lady Jacqueline Kennedy founded the private, nonprofit organization in 1961.

"Those rooms should always look their very best and it was just very faded and really, really needed to be done," McLaurin said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, and guests for Friday's three-course state dinner in their honor should have an opportunity to check out the spiffed-up public rooms.

In her role as caretaker, the first lady — whoever she is — meets regularly with the chief usher, the head curator and other White House staff to figure out what improvements should top the to-do list.

Mrs. Trump, who keeps a relatively low profile as first lady, has put her interest in history to use overseeing the restoration projects.

"Our family is grateful to live in this true symbol of our nation's history, but we are even more honored to play a part in restoring and enhancing our country's sacred landmark," she said at a May reception.

The first lady designed a new rug for the Diplomatic Reception Room, the main entrance off the South Lawn, after foot traffic wore a path across the old one, McLaurin said. The replacement has a border showing the flowers of the 50 states, a touch added by the first lady.

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Washington, DC., USA. 19th January, 1981 The White House press room the last night of President James Carter's Administration. ABC TV reporter Sam Donaldson and UPI reporter Helen Thomas get into a mock fight over who was going to ask the first question of the president's last news conference. Credit: Mark Reinstein (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Sam Donaldson (L) returns to the White House briefing room January 12 to cover the Clinton White House, during Press Secretary Mike McCurry's (R) daily press briefing. In an effort to boost their news ratings, ABC News re-assigned Donaldson to his previous beat which he has not covered full time since the Bush administration.
U.S. President Bill Clinton holds a picture of a young and relaxed Joe Lockhart in the White House Brady Briefing Room in Washington, June 22. Clinton received the photo from an old friend of Lockhart's and wrote a humorous inscription on it to present to his press secretary. WP/JP
Socks the Cat, the First Pet of President Bill Clinton and First Wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, with black fur, white face, and amber eyes, standing as if ready to pounce off the edge of the Press Podium in the White House Press Room, beside a microphone and with official White House seal hanging in front of blue curtain in the background, Washington, District of Columbia, December 5, 1993. (Photo via Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images).
Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin speaks to the press in the White House briefing room October 30. Rubin said Brazil had done a good job on pursuing reforms to restore confidence in its economy but still had a series of issues to address. RTW/SV
U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice speaks at the White House briefing room September 19, 2001. Rice spoke to the press to outline the topics that U.S. President George W. Bush will address in his speech before a joint session of Congress and the American people tomorrow evening. REUTERS/Win McNamee WM
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White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart (R) is hugged by U.S. President Bill Clinton (C) with his replacement Jake Siewert (L) during his last press breifing in the White House Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington September 29, 2000. Siewert is holding a military helmet given by Clinton to protect him from the press. WP/RCS
United States Trade Representative, Clayton Yeutter, speaking in the White House press room. (Photo by Diana Walker//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
US President George HW Bush speaks during a press conference in the White House's Brady Press Briefing Room, Washington DC, August 17, 1990. (Photo by Howard L. Sachs/CNP/Getty Images)
Washington, DC., USA. 19th January, 1981 The White House press room the last night of President James Carter's Administration. ABC TV reporter Sam Donaldson and UPI reporter Helen Thomas get into a mock fight over who was going to ask the first question of the president's last news conference. Credit: Mark Reinstein (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
White House press secy, Michael McCurry (L) facing packed press room in first days after rumors of Clinton sex scandal emerged w. reports of his alleged affair w. Monica Lewinsky. (Photo by Diana Walker//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
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White House Press Room just before a briefing. From left -Terry Hunt (Associated Press) Brit Hume (FOX) and Helen Thomas (UPI). (Photo by Erik Freeland/Corbis via Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush takes questions from the media in the East Room of the White House late 11 October 2001 in Washington, DC. Bush held his first prime-time press conference to talk about the US response to the 11 September 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mike THEILER (Photo credit should read MIKE THEILER/AFP/Getty Images)
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White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer (L) invites the press to eat cake at a farewell party in the White House Press Room in Washington, DC, 14 July 2003, on his last day serving US President George W. Bush as spokesman. Fleischer served the president for two and a half years and will be replaced by longtime Bush administration member Scott McClellan. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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The White House also refreshed draperies in the Green Room by switching material from the backside to the front, eliminating the need — and cost — of replacing the curtains entirely, McLaurin said. Only the fringe had to be replaced.

Last year, Mrs. Trump returned to the Blue Room several restored pieces from a historic 53-piece furniture set known as the Bellangé suite.

Decor upgrades are a bit more complicated at the White House than for typical homeowners.

Renovation ideas are shared with the Kennedy-created Committee for the Preservation of the White House, which provides advice on preserving the public rooms on the Ground and State floors.

The committee requests funding from the historical association, whose board typically authorizes spending $1 million to $1.5 million on such projects each year.

The White House serves several purposes: It's an office for the president and his staff, a home for his family and a living museum. Approximately half a million tourists visit every year, apart from dignitaries and others who attend receptions and other events.

"The White House does get a lot of wear and tear," McLaurin said.

The Bellange suite furnishings were brought to the White House in 1817 by President James Monroe, formerly the U.S. ambassador to France.

But in 1860, nearly all the pieces were sold at an auction.

One hundred years later, Jacqueline Kennedy arrived and was appalled to discover the White House was furnished with reproductions from a New York department store, McLaurin said. She created the historical association, the advisory committee and a curator to help the White House collect and exhibit only the best, McLaurin said.

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Northeast view of the State Dining Room during the White House renovation. The carpenters are laying the quartered white oak floor in a herringbone design.

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New steps of the South Portico are being erected during the White House renovation. The steps and facing are of Missouri limestone with a concrete base.

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Northeast view of the State Dining Room during the White House renovation. Most of the paneling has been re-installed. The pilaster in the foreground is painted light green, which is to be applied to all of the paneling in the room.

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West view of the third floor corridor of the White House during the renovation. Carpenters are laying finish floor of red oak in herring-bone design over sub-flooring.

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North view inside the pantry on the first floor kitchen of the White House during the renovation. All people are unidentified.

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Northeast view in the East Room during White House renovation. Stacks of lumber are destined to become new floorboards.

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The southwest view of the North Portico of the White House during the renovation. The old worn sandstone steps have been removed and will be replaced by stone steps.

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To underscore the size of the massive new ventilation system being installed above the tunnel in the new White House basement, the photographer placed workmen inside the illuminated ductwork. All are unidentified.

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View from the Lincoln Room northeast into Rose Room (Room 12) and Room 11, during the White House renovation.

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View of the northeast corner of the White House during renovation. Workmen are installing reinforced steel for laying of the concrete roofs of the Fan Room and other rooms in this area.

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Window openings provide bursts of light into the cavernous interior of the White House, supported only by a web of temporary steel supports. The exterior walls rest on new concrete underpinnings, which allow earth-moving equipment to dig a new basement.

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Photograph taken in sitting room number 16 looking west into small bedroom number 17 at the northwest corner of the second floor of the White House. The studding between these rooms and the sub-flooring date from 1815-1818 when the White House was reconstructed after being burned by the British in 1814.

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Two unidentified men stand in what remains of the second floor Oval Study above the Blue Room. The north wall and part of the floor have been removed for the installation of steel shoring columns.

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East wall of the State Dining Room with doorways into the Red Room. The design above, uncovered when the oak paneling was removed, dates from 1902. The old fireplace, bricked up since 1902,is also seen.

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View from the first floor landing to the basement during the removal of the Joliet stone steps from the main stairway of the White House.

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On the left, a truck crane is lifting a 40-foot beam through the southwest window of Room 20 on the second floor of the White House. On the right, debris from the hopper is being loaded on a truck.

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View above the northeast fireplace of the East Room of the White House, taken during the renovation. Some of the brickwork was cut out in installing the water pipes. The design above on the right dates from 1902.

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Detail of the north wall of the Blue Room after the removal of the plaster from the walls. The jambs of the doorways to the Red Room (left) and Green Room (right) have also been removed. This is from a series of photographs of the renovation of the White House.

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Photograph taken from the east entrance of the lower corridor of the White House, looking west with the East Room above. The workmen are demolishing the walls of the lower corridor.

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Southeast view of the Yellow Bathroom (B-13), into corridor and brick wall west of the stairway, which is one of the main support columns of the building. The wall has been weakened greatly by cutting into the bricks for the installation of the water pipes shown in the photograph. From a series of photographs of the renovation of the White House.

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Two unidentified workmen are dismantling the bathtub in room B-17, in the northwest corner of the second floor of the White House during the renovation.

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View of the north wall of the second floor corridor of the White House during the renovation. The truss work in the walls of the North Hall have been removed.

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View of northeast corner of the East Room during dismantling. This is from a series of photographs taken during the renovation of the White House.

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A view from the Servant's Dining Room to the bottom of an underpinning pit approximately 30 feet below. The concrete underpinning here will support a steel girder reaching to the roof of the White House. This is from a series of photographs of the renovation of the White House.

Photo: Flickr/The U.S. National Archives

A bulldozer removing debris from the inside of the White House, during the renovation of the building. The bulldozer had to be taken apart and moved into the White House in pieces, as President Harry S. Truman would not allow a hole large enough to fit the bulldozer to be cut into the walls of the White House.

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View showing timber construction of the White House, dating from the restoration of the White House following the destruction by British forces in August, 1814, of the north central corridor, second floor.

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The inside of the White House, after being gutted to accomplish the renovation. Iron beams hold up the original walls of the White House, which were not replaced.

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Northeast view of White House Lobby from the Main corridor during the renovation.

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Unidentified workmen are shown removing the west wall between the Rose Room and the main stairway of the White House. The whole bricks are being separated for storage.

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The White House has managed to reacquire 10 pieces from the original suite, made in Paris by Pierre-Antoine Bellangé. The rest of the collection is "lost to history," McLaurin said.

The Bellangé restoration project began during Michelle Obama's time as first lady and was completed last year, costing the historical association more than $450,000 since 2013.

The wood, brass and lighting inside an elevator that takes the president to and from the private living quarters has also been refinished.

Next up? New upholstery on chairs and benches in the high-traffic Diplomatic Reception Room.

Mrs. Trump also renovated a bowling alley in the White House residence that dates to the Nixon administration and was last renovated in 1994 under President Bill Clinton. The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America paid for the renovation.

During the Obama years, the red carpet in the Cross Hall, or hallway, on the State Floor was replaced.

Mrs. Obama also oversaw projects with an eye on leaving her family's mark on the White House, as is the case with every president and first lady. She replaced the rug, draperies and high-back chairs around the table in the State Dining Room.

Mrs. Obama also updated the Old Family Dining Room, a smaller room adjacent to the State Dining Room, by swapping its sunny yellow walls and drapery and light-toned rug for gray walls, contrasting red draperies and a rug with a contemporary design.

Four works of American abstract art also were added to the Old Family Dining Room, including a work that made Alma Thomas the first African-American female artist featured in the White House collection.

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