Can I Paint Over Exterior Stone Veneer?

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Q: One of the previous owners added (ugly!) stone veneer on the facade of my 102-year-old house. Removing the stone is probably not an option - it's very expensive, will likely damage the soft brick, and will require changes to the porch roof and window trim. I am considering painting over the stone and replacing dormer siding to match. Yea or nay? Has anyone done this and can share pictures? I am concerned it will look messy because of the stone texture, but don't know what else to do:

First picture is AS-IS now. Second is my photoshopped version, with the paint.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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