Actual paint color MUCH lighter than in this photoSo I stopped in at a hardware store for some paint. I didn't want a whole gallon; what did they have in a smaller size? Rustoleum. Made for metal, and oil-based. I knew it would be stupid to settle for it, but I did, in my eagerness to get painting!
I bought the darker of the two shades of grey. Mistake! It didn't cover well, it was mega-streaky, and the dark grey turned out to be pretty light. At least, not the color of my repurposed-shutter dreams.
Actual paint color MUCH darker than in this photoSo I went to another hardware store and did the whole paint-chip-custom-mix route, and got a quart of the color, finish and latex base that I wanted. And then I used approximately one-one hundredth of the can to paint the whole shutter. I should have just bought one of those little bottles they sell for people to test out a patch on the wall.
Live and learn.
Without actually mounting the shutter above the bed the way I originally intended (hanging from chains which would serve as "visual bedposts",) I propped it here so I could think through the mounting process.
Now I can't decide if this shutter-headboard thing is a good idea, or rather ridiculous.