Homeowner Window Workshop

Have you ever struggled to open or close your house’s wooden windows? Do you love how your old windows look but aren’t sure how to get them working properly? Do you have a cracked pane, peeling paint, or glazing falling off? Want to keep your old windows and learn how to make them last another 100 years while remaining energy-efficient? 

Then this course is for you! This 2-day workshop is designed for those with little to no experience with wood window repair but with an interest in learning more.  

Over two days, you’ll learn how to better appreciate, assess, and repair wooden windows under the guidance of a skilled craftsperson. Participants will gain an understanding of how windows have been constructed in Rhode Island, common problems such windows face, and what tools, products, and techniques can be used to repair them to last another century. Full itinerary and FAQ below. 

October 16 & 17 // 9:00-4:00
$150 per person // Register 

Location: Heritage Restoration, Inc. 8 Robin Streer, Providence, RI 02908. Free parking is available along Prescott Street.

Attire: Wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you’re comfortable getting dirty.  Tools will be provided.

* Cost: If the cost of this workshop is prohibitive, let us know. We’ve reserved several spots for folks on a pay-as-you-can basis.*

About the Instructor

Melanie Weston is Operations Manager and former window and paint shop manager at Heritage Restoration, Inc. in Providence, RI. Melanie received a Bachelor’s in American History from Mills College in Oakland, CA. After pursuing interests in archaeology and archival science, she decided to go into historic preservation. She obtained a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University / the College of Charleston. Prior to working for Heritage, Melanie worked in gravestone restoration, object conservation, historic house maintenance, and construction project management for preservation non-profits. In her spare time, Melanie is an avid antique collector, writer, and dog mom.  

This workshop will combine classroom learning with hands-on training. Be prepared to get a little dirty and handle some paint and glazing putty!

Day 1 Topics 

Day 2 Topics   


Who is this course for? 

This is designed for absolute beginners who are interested in learning more about basic home repair. Of course, those with some experience repairing windows are welcome to join!  

While this course is designed for homeowners, it is by no means just for homeowners. Any and all are welcome to come and learn.  

What will I be able to do after this course?  

You will have a solid understanding of how wooden sash windows operate. This knowledge will enable you to better evaluate issues you might be having with your windows. Following the course, you’ll have the skills to conduct basic repairs, but also have a better knowledge of who to contact for further assistance and how to work effectively with contractors. 

Will I encounter lead paint?  

You may encounter lead paint, but only in the confines of a commercial woodshop with high-quality ventilation. Heritage Restoration has a state-of-the-art system to quickly remove lead paint dust.  

Is lunch provided? 

Lunch is not provided, but we will have coffee and water. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to eat on-site (Heritage Restoration has a clean space away from the workshop where you can east) or grab lunch during the hour-long break. 

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