Hang a pot rack or pegboard. Take storage into your own hands. Hanging a pot rack or pegboard is usually well within the scope of renters' rights, and they can open up much more storage in the kitchen. Look for inexpensive racks on Craigslist and at IKEA.
Mismatched Wood, Industrial Glass, Open Kitchen & Bar, Loft // yes
Cheap way to change ugly countertops. Paint them! I found this girl's blog online. She has a lot of awesome DIY renovation ideas, including this one. This is the best one I've seen so far. I think I'm going to go through with it and paid my countertops! http://www.remodelaholic.com/2012/02/glossy-painted-kitchen-counter-top-tutorial/