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Hi,

I need to remove an old tile/ceramic toothbrush holder that is embedded in and sticking out of my wall. The wall is 1920s construction - chicken wire, lathe, plaster and tiles on top.

How can I remove this thing so that the wall is flat?

I don't want to damage the other surrounding tiles. For now I will somehow make the wall smooth where the fixture is, and the plan is that in a few years we will retile the wall completely.

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No experience, I'd take a diamond blade grinder and cut grooves then bang with a hammer. It will snap in the grooves. Not sure what you'll find behind but chance it will be a long porcelain come or bolt. There will be a spot left.
 

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One hammer knock and a little chiseling and the protruding part is out. I think it's marble because could not drill into it.

So the question is, for the time being, what would be a good way to fill it and then cover it so it's not repulsive ... plaster and then some glossy white paint? My wife suggested a piece of old tile on top of the hole.

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The time to remove the unwanted tooth brush holder was when you were going to re-tile and not a day sooner.
Now look what you have.
I don't understand how your comment is supposed to be helpful ?

Anyways, i'm just changing the sink and not the wall and tile so can't wait for the proper time.
 

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Tiny nails and screw holes are the easiest to fix. You can use a putty knife to fill them with spackling or wall joint compound. But you should allow the area to dry, then you can sand lightly. But anything larger must be covered with a bridging material for strength before the patching compound can be applied. For big holes, like in your case, you can bridge the gap with a piece of adhesive-backed fiberglass mesh. I love this ceramic toothbrush holder, btw. I would like to have one, instead of plastic holders. My dentist (Top Thousand Oaks Dental Care | Full-Service Dental | Thousand Oaks) said that I need to change the toothbrush holder once in a while, that's why a ceramic one would be great.
 
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