Bus Conversion While Coping with Grief // One Day at a Time – S04E14

With the passing of our dear cat, Zuri, we struggled along with continuing the build. Thankfully the work we needed to accomplish at this point was all the finishing work in the bedroom.

Sanding, staining and painting the Murphy Bed cabinets and bedroom walls. It was very mindless and meditative work which was great. It kept us busy and our minds distracted.

We stained our bed and cabinets with a homemade Rooibos Tea stain.  All you do is make really strong tea (lots of tea bags) and then let it cool.  We did add green tea to the mixture.  This helped deepen the rooibos color.  I believe this is because of the tannins in the green tea, they help stain the wood in a similar way to how the tannins in tea, coffee and red wine stain your teeth.  Rooibos tea is an herbal tea so it doesn’t have any tannins.  We also added some coconut oil.  This helped the stain to soak into the wood.

We continued using a non-toxic sealer from Safecoat on our wood. 


We painted our white wall planks and were ready to get started on the grey wall, but first we decided it was time to take a much needed break.



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By Mela & Don

Mela and Don are sharing their journey as they make conscious decisions to live a more healthy, environmentally friendly life together.


  1. Love it love it and love you guys. I’m watching this with my cat Sophie draped over my lap… so sorry about your kitty. They really get into our hearts.
    Hey, a question- did you ever consider shellac for any of your finishing? It’s absolutely gorgeous, non toxic and all natural.

    1. Stefan, pets sure do carve a special place in your heart. I’m not that familiar with shellac. I will have to look into it but I love that it is non toxic. Would it be good for kitchen countertops? Thanks!

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