Hanging Shelving on a Brick Wall?

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Q: I'm renting an apartment in an old Brooklyn brownstone and I'm attempting to put shelves up on a wall that I'm assuming is brick. Being a total amateur, I started with the wrong drill bit and anchors and did some damage to the wall. I'm talking a couple holes 1.5 inches in diameter and about an inch deep. So first question, how do I fix these holes? Second, do I give up on my dream for a bookshelf nook for sake of not completely destroying this place?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.