Good Question: Help My Awkward Studio Kitchen!

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Here's a question for all of you, especially those of you who are avidly following the Smallest Coolest Kitchen contest. Reader Tanya needs some help with her tiny studio kitchen:

Hi! I'm hoping some of the creative types at apartmenttherapy can help me out. What you can see in this kitchen is the kitchen in my studio apartment, and my attempts thus far to make it work. I love to cook, so this 20 sq ft kitchen is pretty tragic for me. I took the pic standing in the doorway of the kitchen, and touching the fridge on the left is the door to the bathroom.

What you can't see: ugly beige linoleum tile, how very off-center/ unaligned all the appliances are (to make it worse, the fridge is in the only cool recessed area in my apartment-- but is too small for it. The fact that about half those cabinets are fake fronts.

I'm a renter (but can paint and put stuff up), a grad student w/ loans, and (making matters worse) about to start work for a fabulous but tiny non-profit, so there isn't too much I can do structurally or in terms of new appliances. I will have the time for DIY soon though.

Have ideas? Suggestions? Help Tanya out!