ive just had to do something similar to my laptop.
A lot of abuse from my 2 yr old son left it without any hinges meaning the monitor was loose and only attatched by the cables and a cracked frame.
I decided to rehouse it, and while i was making a case/ frame, i decided to just mount the lcd onto the motherboard and house it like a digital photoframe, it has enough usb ports to plug in a keyboard/ mouse whenever necesarry, so when were not using it i just have a picture slideshow running.
I have a lot of amazed reactions from people when i pull it out to use, although its actually quite an easy mod to do.
The most difficult part was rearranging the cooling system, it used to have a fan that blew thrugh a cooling grill but that meant it would be blowing directly onto the back of the lcd.
Ive kept the old touchpad mouse and keyboard, i want to make long enough leads and custom connections to use them instead of usb parts but i cant be bothered right now.