A Good For The Soul, Giving Back Project

This was such a heart warming undertaking.

A good for the soul, giving back project

This was such a heart warming undertaking.

We stumbled across a destroyed, broken in to Rocky’s Cafe – to see the owner and his beautiful wife in tears. With an 11 day old newborn and their livelihood at stake we simply knew we were brought to the scene for a reason.

Starting a fund raiser page gained more traction that we envisioned. We secured a wonderful sum for this hard working family.

We took it a step further and offered our services, free of charge to give their little restaurant a complete makeover. Many companies joined in and products and services were either hugely discounted or donated. 

A total of 653 generous donors helped to transform Rocky’s Cafe in to Rockys Kitchen.

See Below for the “BEFORE” pics 


It took many late nights (cough cough, early mornings should I say) to get this project going and complete. 

But all hands on deck (husbands dragged in too) and things came together so beautifully.

The owners requested a rustic and repurposed element to the new look. 

So here’s what we did to incorporate this.

1)  Below shows some old doors in which we salvaged from the Auckland Refuse Station. One set sanded and character kept – this was popped on to the kitchen as a swinging door.

The main entry door was such a great project where we joined 3 doors together, sanded them down and painted it BRIGHT YELLOW to attract customers off the street:

2) We were so kindly donated a large pile of used scaffolding planks. 

These LIT me up as they are PERFECT for a rustic, repurposed look with SO MUCH character.

~We used these to create frames for large mirrors – one in the bathroom and one in the main seating area.

~ We used some as framing for a half wall to seperate the front entry from the seating area.

~ The rest we used as outer framing for the main service counter of the restaurant.

3) We salvaged old farm gates at the Auckland Refuse Station.

I cut one down, attached it to the main service station on barn door wheels.

Repurposed, rustic, with a pop of chic next to the button tiles…. a GORGEOUS way to hide the display cabinet for evening service…

Cafe by day and Restaurant by night! : 

We created a feature wooden wall to the one side of the restaurant which popped next to the gorgeous Italian Dirty Orange colour we used on the walls.

This wooden wall became what is now called the “Gratitude Wall” where (displayed in a salvaged villa window – LOVE!), Rockys Kitchen expresses its deep gratitude for all the wonderful souls that came together to help turn an awful situation into a magical one.

This contrasted beautifully with the opposing wall – new, more modern wallpaper went up here.

Stunning Grass light features now hang above the service counter and magnificent beaded chandeliers hang above the seating area around a new, classical ceiling rose – tying in the ‘rustic chic’ vibe.

Outside the entry we painted the ceiling black and covered it with grass screening. From that we hung “twinkle” fairy lights to help create a great ambience as the sun goes down.

Finally, the branding. 

We rebranded Rocky’s Cafe and Restaurant to

Rockys Kitchen; a more modern and fresh start for a new, revamped restaurant.

Paining the outside wall bright yellow to match the door creates a huge POP next to the new signage to help stand out next to adjacent stores and from the street. 


This was SUCH a heart warming project and we LOVED EVERY SINGLE MOMENT of being involved and of giving back….after all…what is life without LOVE – for what you do and for other people too.

SO – Thank you Rocky and Jeeva for allowing us to help you – it was a giving project both ways – it filled our hearts just as much as it did yours. xxxx