QueensGal, one thing to add...
if you really want to stay in budget and you are not changing the configuration of your kitchen, I notice that your cabinets are wood, so you could easily have them painted.
I painted mine myself (google Renov8or) and they turned out great.
If you paint yourself, here's a product I wish I'd known about before I did mine:http://t.homedepot.com/p/Flood-Floetrol-1-qt-Clear-Latex-Paint-Additive-FLD6-04/100198078
It keeps the paint from drying quickly and leaving brush marks so you can get a smooth finish.
Also, Ikea Numerar countertop is very inexpensive and looks like butcher block. I had it in a previous apartment and loved it.