Mary at At Home Redesigns was looking for a solution for a friend who had toothbrush and cup holders grouted into her bathroom tile. I had the same problems( Ahh, the joys of an older house.). Who came up with that idea? There's nothing like leaving your tooth brushes out in the open next to the potty for some good clean germ free fun?!
I've been meaning to post about this for a while and she finally gave me the motivation ....
These two little holders just ended up serving no purpose except collecting dust. They really weren't big enough for much of anything.
Short of busting out the wall, I found a stock shelf made of crown molding with an open back, and used these little guys below to adhere it. I LOVE them and use them for everything I can't put a nail into. 4 squares will hold a pound. Even though they say they are permanent, I've never had a problem getting them off a wall when I need to.
I painted the molding black to match my mirror and placed these all along the back. I used about 9.
I then balanced the shelf on the holders and stuck it tight. I did have to cut off one side of the overhang on the shelf so it would fit properly. If I were to do it again or had more molding expertise, I would build on to go over the holders instead of on them. Like a cover.
The white I thought was too bright and stuck out; I used a product called Enamels by Folk Art. Have you used this? It's an air dry ceramic/glass paint product. You can use it on tile and other things and is fairly durable .My girlfriend used it on her kitchen tile and it's still there 3 or 4 years later with out a scratch. It comes in about 7 or 8 colors and they mix pretty well together. Now we have much more usable shelf space and no more useless ceramic holders.