I'm renovating a basement and I'm take down a section of drywall and exposing the brick to create more space. I plan on building a built-in shelving space. My plan is to double up the stud frames with another set of studs to create a box. All the studs will be fixed to the mason with masonry nails. The studs then will be lined with plywood and a oak veneer. I will finish with wood trim. The top of the section will have light and the shelves will be glass.
My question is the brick work. The brick looks in good shape but it looks dirty and dusty. How do I clean the brick? Also is there a process to fill in some of the holes in the brick so it looks newer? What about the mortar between th brick? The mortar looks solid but there are some areas where its not flush with the brickwork and I would like to fill it in. Recommendations on products, websites and books are appreciated!