How Much of the White House Decor Can the Obamas Change?

How Much of the White House Decor Can the Obamas Change?

Rachael Grad
Nov 24, 2008

Slate features an interesting article on the White House decorating budget and past renovations. In previous AT White House decor posts, AT readers discussed the potential changes the Obamas will make and whether any redecoration is a good idea. Luckily, the Slate article answered many of AT readers' questions. Find out more below the jump...

Every four years, Congress appropriates money to maintain and redecorate the White House. President George W. and Laura Bush were allocated $100,000 for the president's second term. For the two floor living quarters, the first family can repaint and acquire new furniture, wall hangings, and bedding.

For historic guest suites (like the Lincoln Bedroom) or any of the public spaces (like the state dining room), the first family must consult the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. State rooms are generally refurbished once a decade, often with funds from the White House Historical Association.

We can't wait to hear about the Obamas' redecoration!

Drawings shown in this post are from The Associated Press's article "Obama White House could be green, high-tech." Read the full Slate article "The Off-White House; How much can an incoming president change the décor at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.?" by clicking here.

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