The touch-up comes as the president and first lady prepare for a state dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, on Friday.
The first lady meets with the curator’s office and the chief usher, among other staffers, to figure out what should be the top priorities in improving the White House, according to Time magazine.
Although she’s been relatively silent in recent months, the first lady has been making several decisions at the White House, as furniture in the Blue Room was reupholstered, draperies in the Green Room were given a facelift by flipping the sides, and wall fabric was replaced in the Red Room.
The White House Historical Association helps with the funding the White House restoration projects.
The association’s president, Stewart McLaurin, said that the wallpaper, which is fabric, in the Red Room was “so faded it was almost pink” due to the sunlight over time, therefore the restoration “really, really needed to be done.”
“It is very carefully considered, very carefully maintained,” McLaurin told the Time. “I know this first lady is very keen on maintaining that standard and works very closely with the White House staff and with us.”
He continued to describe the process of restoring the White House rooms:
“What was done most recently for this wonderful restoration that we have undertaken with the White House is the research back to the original orders that were placed by Monroe to the factory, to the cabinet maker in Paris, where they are specifically described by design … And so, what you see on this new design that’s currently in the Blue Room today is that to the best that we can determine, the most historically accurate design as you would have seen on that crimson furniture that James Monroe brought over.”
The first lady said in May, “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.”
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The president’s official state dinner and visit on Friday with the Australian prime minister will be his second, as he hosted a state dinner with President Emmanuel Macron of France and his wife, Brigitte, in April of last year.