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Most older rentals have them. Those knobby little built-in soap and toothbrush holders. There but to hold a sliver of melting Ivory.

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Tough to remove without taking a chunk of the wall with it. And they rarely seem to fit adult-size toothbrushes. Although the above Preserve Toothbrush does a nice job with its sleek, simple design.

And if you’ve ever tried to precariously balance a cup in one of the drink holders you’ve no doubt scrambled to catch it from crashing to the floor.

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So what to do with them? Here’s a nice example of simply displaying a beautifully wrapped bar of soap. I’ve seen other people use them as jewelry dishes. They can act as candle holders but again, it’s hard finding a perfect fit.

Does anyone have creative suggestions? Have you ever removed them with success and minimal tile work?

Images: 1 Geoff Bentz; 2 Not Another Pretentious Blog; 3 Young House Love

Originally published 8.28.2009 - AA