Help! What to do with kitchen?
Looks like a pretty well laid-out kitchen to me. You've got the triangle thing going, and room to move & work. And there's actually a pretty decent amount of counter space.
One thing I'm seeing is that it "feels" dark. If your landlord will work with you on it, you might want to sand & paint the cabinets and cupboards a fairly light color. As Windows said, maybe different hardware. Make sure you go with a good quality primer and paint. A nice, more modern, backsplash would make it look much better too.
Under cupboard lights would brighten it up. Also, a countertop-height portable table, that you could roll in and out of there, would provide extra counter space when you're in heavy duty cooking mode.