When I moved into the apartment, the rather large kitchen inexplicably had an under-counter refrigerator—certainly not big enough for my cooking habits. So I bought a taller fridge, then had to make a place to put it.
I detached the orange laminate panel that stood at the end of the cabinets then carefully cut off the counter with a circular saw. I finished the job with a handsaw and painted the end of the laminate the same color as the top. To support the ends of the counter, I reattached the vertical panel to the shortened counter. The new refrigerator hides my cuts; from the front, the counter looks as if it had been constructed at this length.