New store in downtown Farmington will sell refurbished furniture and handcrafted furniture made from reclaimed wood
FARMINGTON — When Dave DeFelice began making furniture about two years ago, he did not expect the experimental hobby to turn into a business.
But after he and his son successfully crafted one table with old barn wood, they made several other pieces of furniture, and, shortly after, the DeFelice family decided to open Rustic New England Furniture in Epsom, N.H.
Now Dave DeFelice and his wife, Vickie, are bringing their custom furniture to Farmington, where they recently relocated to be closer to family. The couple plans to open their new store, A Rustic Touch, in February at 215 W. Main St. in Farmington. The store sells furniture made out of salvaged wood, which gives each piece a unique look.
"You can only make furniture out of what lumber you have," Dave DeFelice said as the couple worked to prepare their store today. "They rip up a barn, and that’s what there is."
DeFelice specializes in large farm tables with benches, as well as barn-beam beds, but he has also made television stands, other furniture and barn doors. A small room in the back of the store on Main Street will serve as his shop, where he plans to build barn wood clocks. DeFelice and his father-in-law anticipate building large pieces of furniture at a shop near La Plata.
Vickie DeFelice, meanwhile, refurbishes old furniture and paints antique windows. The windows — which she describes as a rough type of folk art — have been popular in New Hampshire, she said, adding also that a painting of birch trees with fall colors she created sold within a week.
"I must be doing something right," she said.
The painted windows were only one of the items that were popular in New Hampshire, where the DeFelices struggled to keep up with demand. The first table Dave DeFelice built with his son's help was kept in the family's living room. Soon after opening their first store, customers bought out the business' inventory of tables, and Vickie DeFelice recalled that her husband and son came and "took my coffee table" to sell at the store.
After moving to Farmington, the DeFelices set up a display in the window of their new Main Street store, and Dave DeFelice says even just that has garnered attention from residents.
"People just stop and stare at it," he said.
Once the store officially opens — the couple has not yet set an opening date but is aiming to open next month — DeFelice said he expects to see a lot of inquiries for items, including for custom-ordered pieces.
"People say, 'Can you build this for me?' and I build it and they come in and say 'I love it,'" he said.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.