Just take off the top and replace it with a wood countertop. They are Super popular and hot right now and are a Huge upsell. Also mine was less than $28 a square foot because I got a "DIY" wood countertop. Don't waste your money getting a pre-fabricated one or even granite because everyone (even aparments) has granite. If you are going to do a granite you may as well leave what you have.
You can do a natural Tung Oil finish on it the wood and it will be waterproof, too. I use mine for chopping, serving, prep work, etc. Highly recommend it.
I actually had fun putting the oil on mine, too. Not a lot of work time, as long as you can let it dry between coats, you're all set.
This is the exact one I did.
ps. wood countertops are Super high end now (not your great grandparents unfinished maple whatever stuff). Look in home/kitchen magazines anywhere.