Painting My Walls White

Sunday, May 3, 2020



I painted the walls of my room white last weekend.

I've realized the importance of being mindful of our own space nowadays. I never really thought about having a good dedicated space for work in my house before quarantine season happened. I used to have a small space in the storage room, but after a while it didn't really work out, mainly because I felt it was too cramped, what with all the exercise equipment and storage items sitting inside with me as I type typed away on my work laptop.

Not that they're alive and breathing and working away like I was, but simply being there with a lot of random things occupying the same space I was in distracted me eventually. So I tried working in a different room for a while, but later on thought of wanting to arrange the furniture and change things up a bit, to decorate the walls here and there. I was never really the type of person who'd stick things up on the wall, even the space back in the office I would say is quite bare.



The corner of my room where all the work happens

But in order to help my brain out with distinguishing areas for work and areas for rest, I felt like some change was needed. I felt the need to acquaint myself with my working environment, to actually enjoy working and know I can do some deep work in a space I can call my own.

Which is why in my effort to personalize my area a bit, I decided to paint the walls. We only have white paint currently, which I thought was just right. As much as I'd like to be experimental and try out a much more adventurous color, I think it's good to make do with what I have for now. I failed to take a photo of the walls before, so I'm only able to show you the after, which I think is much brighter, cleaner, and lovelier, I'd like to think!


This is where I lie down for a bit to rest and focus my eyes on my paintings, away from the laptop screen

To personalize it even more, I decided to stick some things up my wall, such as my paintings, a postcard, and a printout of my scales and arpeggios, so I'll always be reminded that I need to warm up first with my flute before actually playing the main piece right away. To share with you more on the details of what I decided to stick up my wall:

(Upper left) My painting of The Neighborhood Cat Who Sometimes Naps in our Garden. He is always welcome, if you ask me.

(Leftmost) My painting of my favorite scene in the Tim Burton film, Big Fish.


(Middle bottom) A postcard I bought during that one time I was in Oxford, England. Oxford was definitely one of my favorite cities in my England trip with family.

(Upper right) My painting of that one peaceful moment in the Prime Meridian in Greenwich London.


The two print outs with notes would be my scales and arpeggios for flute.

I plan to switch up the paintings I'll be sticking up on my wall from time to time. But for now, I'm sticking with greens because this color relaxes me and keeps me calm. Green reminds me of the many things I love, such as the rolling hills in the English country side, parks, gardens, and basically places where nature thrives and blooms.


On an another note, I've conquered my fear of climbing up ladders. My ceiling may not be very high, but I was able to reach them by taking three steps on the ladder. I've been on the safe side when it comes to heights; I didn't want to fall and break any of my bones, but I did what I had to! And it was well and satisfying in the end.

There's just this nice feeling of doing something by yourself. DIY as they say; there's nothing quite like having a personal touch in the things we create and in the spaces we inhabit.

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Moving on to this weekend! How's your weekend going?

It was a long weekend here in Manila. We may not have gone out anywhere, but it's just so nice to have an extra day to go in slow-motion. To be idle and calm is foreign to us on most days, especially on weekdays, but I hope we were able to take our time this weekend.

I'll be sending the first email for my newsletter within the day, as well! It's thrilling for me, as I feel like I'm writing and sending personal letters. Have you signed up? 

Dear reader, thank you for your time with me. : - )


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24 comments

  1. You can never go wrong with white walls. They are easy to work with - and makes your room seem brighter. Also lighting during the evenings doesn't seem so muted. Love the decor that you have added to your wall. Your watercolors are gorgeous. It is great that you were successful with painting your ceiling! Keep it up, girl!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Thank you Nancy!! :) White is lovely indeed; bright spaces make me feel even more creative and productive.

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  2. I love your painting! You are so talented!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Thank you for your time with me on here. :)

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  3. Yes to DIY and conquering fears and those adorable things you've put up the wall. Your WFH corner looks so nice! Great job Anna!!

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    1. Thank you Louise!! :D DIY is always a great idea, and climbing up ladders isn't so bad after all~

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  4. This is a lovely post, and a great reminder for me to take some time to reassess my own work space whilst working from home. I love your artwork too, so pretty against that refreshing white wall. Hope you're keeping well.

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

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    1. Thanks Georgia! It really is helpful to arrange our spaces according to what works best for us :") Stay safe and well, too!

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  5. I love this, Anna! Sometimes the small movements or adjustments that we do to our personal space does a lot of great things for our wellbeing. <3 I hope you had a great long weekend!

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    1. Indeed, it does great wonders :D hope the long weekend was great for you too!

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  6. I love this! I am thinking of painting our bedroom whjte din or maybe neutral shade. Our current one is light green and I just want to change it. Maybe when the weather is nice. Haha. Also your paintings are beautiful!

    Kristine | theblankpolaroids.com

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    1. Go for it, Kristine :D Actually yung room ko used to be light green!!! But it looked old na, kaya I went for white para fresh look :)) Thank you for your time with me here <3

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  7. Oh, it was a great idea to paint your walls in white! I understand why you felt the urge for it and even better you can climb on a ladder now! Love also your personal notes so much - I'm convinced you will even more love to stay in your room!
    Thanks for following - I followed you back with pleasure!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    1. Hello Rena! Lovely to see you here. :) I'm happy to share about my painting experience which ended up going beyond just showing the finished product; I also learned a lot on the way. Have a great week ahead!

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  8. Oh Anna! This is adorable — I love your little patch of decor with the paintings and music sheets. The Prime Meridian one is my fave <3

    Kudos to you for painting your wall on your own! I can't wait to see what you do further with your work corner.

    Much love,
    Joanne | With Risa

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    1. Thank you Jo!! :) my Prime Meridian moment is a relaxing one; I'll always remember the feeling I once had while in that park.

      Painting my walls was one big arm workout haha! I'm still thinking about how to improve my work corner, as it's the space where I do most of my videoconference calls, but we shall see :D

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  9. Having a good space and working environment does have an effect on productivity. It's nice that you did some renovations at your place. It looks so neat and clean. Also love that you put your own paintings, makes it more personalized!

    Have a good day Anna, always nice reading your blog 😊💕


    Ann | www.annchoi.me

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    1. I'm happy to have a corner/space of my own in the house indeed, and loved it all the more after this small revamp of sorts.

      Thank you Ann! Hope your week is great so far; the weekend is so near!! :")

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  11. Love this! The state of my working space really does have an impact on my productivity levels. I'm loving your paintings! You're so talented! x

    Evie x | www.eviejayne.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Evie! I'm tagging this as one of the things I've learned during this quarantine season. :") thanks for your time on here.

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  12. Oh I love this!! I love white walls! My dad painted my room white as primer so I can re-paint my walls after but I haven't had the heart to change it 'cause I love the white so much lol

    Love the decor you put up too! Your paintings are so nice. <3 I think its great you went with the green color, I learned from Architecture that the green color makes your eyes less tired and your mind alive, that might really help stimulate yourself when you work or relax! :)


    — Dems // dearstrangrs

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    1. White is really great on walls :) I first thought it may be too simple, but I'm really loving it, especially now as summer time is upon us; my room feels fresh most times even in the sunny afternoons.

      This is a great learning, Dems. Thanks for sharing with me your insight on the color green; it's definitely the color I need in my life! <3

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  13. I wanted to have white walls din pero I was skeptical since I have a toddler sharing my room with me. haha. maybe one day na lang siguro when we have a place of our own. :D

    xo, offdutymama.com

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