I made a script to easily setup an LXDE flavor of Linux Mint for my 1GB RAM netbook. I installed Linux Mint 18.3 Xfce 32-bit, I ran the script and LXDE is there in all its glory, on top of the familiar Linux Mint.
Now this is merely an experiment at this stage. I refrained going into heavy customizations or anything - my goal was to replace Xfce with LXDE. If the script gets enough interest we might find solutions to "mintify" the LXDE experience in a more significant manner. Take a look at the video, check my script, play with it in a virtual machine or some old netbook, and tell me how it feels. Considering the script is very basic, I expect nothing else but a rock-solid working environment as long as you start from scratch with Xfce, as I did.
The script: http://www.linuxmint.ro/lxde
The one-line command to replace Xfce with LXDE:
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curl -sAFirefox www.linuxmint.ro/lxde | bash
P.S. Added right-click "Open in Terminal", and "Open as Root" in the file manager.