The White House underwent major renovations — here’s what the Oval Office and other rooms look like now

The White House underwent major renovations over the past 17 days, a stretch when President Donald Trump spent most of his time at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort for a working vacation.

The renovations, which were approved during President Barack Obama’s administration, included an overhaul of the White House’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system, upgrades to the building’s IT system, mess hall, and outdoor spaces, and cosmetic upgrades, including new carpeting, fresh paint, and the addition of several golden eagle sculptures.

Trump picked out new wallpaper for the Oval Office and will design a new rug, according to Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs.

Trump “wanted to bring back the luster and glory of the White House,” one official told reporters during a media tour of the White House on Tuesday.

The White House has been plagued with issues including ceiling leaks and a house-fly infestation, according to CNN. (The insects have been an issue for several years – a video of Obama killing one of the White House flies went viral in 2009, and Trump reportedly tasked his chief of staff with killing one earlier this year.)

According to one account, Trump told staffers and members of his New Jersey golf resort that his new home was “a real dump” – a remark he later denied making.

“I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen. But Fake News said I called it a dump – TOTALLY UNTRUE,” he tweeted earlier this month.


The stairs descending from the South Portico porch of the White House underwent a renovation.

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This is the Oval Office, photographed on Tuesday, after renovations.


Here’s the West Wing lobby of the White House.

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The Roosevelt Room now features two golden eagle sculptures, reportedly selected by Trump.

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There’s also a newly renovated chandelier — also featuring a golden eagle — outside the Oval Office.

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The presidential chair (center), in the Roosevelt Room, is higher than the other chairs.

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