How do I clean up the background on this still life please?

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davidevans1
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How do I clean up the background on this still life please?
Oct 30, 2012

This shot has been processed in LR4 but I think the background needs cleaning up and possibly defocusing or something. Any suggestions welcome. The photograph was taken in a very carefully converted old chapel in rural Wales, so I'd really like it to retain that ambience in the finished shot (not converted to a modern background). I can't remember what the background finish is now. It almost looks like woodchip paper but that's unlikely and I think it's probably a whitewash finish.

I have either LR4 or Photoshop CS6 to do this with - please could someone give me step by step instructions on what to do.

My way round LR is improving (I think!) but knowledge of CS6 is still woeful and frustrating. I suspect this probably requires using layers and masks, and I am still completely lost with this, despite having followed through some examples in books etc. There are so many times I wish I could use layers!

Anyway any help really appreciated. Thanks

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