How should I finish this dresser?

I am in the middle of converting a dresser into a TV stand. I plan to leave the top three drawers out so I have space to put my cable box and decorative items. To do this I have to add a shelf to hold them. So my thoughts initially were to cut out the back two supports that run vertically to add the shelf in one piece. Now I might add it in separate prices and not cut the supports out. Next delima I am having is to whether or not to add tile to the top. I have sanded it and added wood filler where needed but the top of the dresser got water damage from the previous owner. It kinda bubbles in a couple of spots. So what are your thoughts, opinions or what would you do?
q how should i finish this dresser , painted furniture, painting wood furniture, woodworking projects, The photo is of the back of the dresser Excuse my clutter lol
The photo is of the back of the dresser. Excuse my clutter lol.
  4 answers
  • Barb Barb on Jun 30, 2016
    One shelf would be more stable.mi would remove the back braces, install the shelf, then replace the braces. If the top is not level and even the tiles may pop off. If the top can't be sanded flat and painted I would cover it with wood, new or recycled, or scout around for a slab of marble or granite.

  • Debbie Miller Debbie Miller on Jun 30, 2016
    I would sand the top as best as possible, paint the entire dresser with chalk paint,and have a piece of glass cut to fit the top. Easy to clean and won't get scratched. Be sure to use the special wax after painting.

  • Whitney Whitney on Jul 01, 2016
    Thank you both!!!

  • Bre4293607 Bre4293607 on Jul 03, 2016
    Have you seen the dresser benches on HOMETALK? They are amazing. I'm looking for a dresser right now so I can make me one. Hope to see your finished project on HOMETALK soon!

    • Whitney Whitney on Jul 05, 2016
      Yes I have and I plan on using my 3 drawers that I'm removing to make one for the end of my bed. I cannot wait and I will definitely post pictures!